25 Films Added To The National Film Registry, Includes Four Criterion-Approved Films


Every year since 1989, the Library Of Congress has gone through the process of finding 25 feature films to add to their prestigious National Film Registry, and as 2012 nears its conclusion, it’s time that they make their picks for films to add this year. And it’s quite an interesting list.

Leading the way are four Criterion titles; The Times Of Harvey Milk, Anatomy Of A Murder, Slacker and Two Lane Blacktop, all of which have been selected. A Christmas Story is a timely choice given the holiday season, and the Library Of Congress proves their eclectic taste by adding all types of pictures ranging from Dirty Harry to The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight. Even NFL Films gets a shout out, as one of their earliest works, They Call It Pro Football, is chosen here. Toss in films like A League Of Their Own and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and you have yet another intriguing list of films that have been chosen as the most culturally important and relevant pictures by the Library Of Congress. Here’s the full list:

‘3:10 to Yuma’ (1957)

‘Anatomy of a Murder’ (1959)

‘The Augustas’ (1930s-1950s)

‘Born Yesterday’ (1950)

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961)

‘A Christmas Story’ (1983)

‘The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight’ (1897)

‘Dirty Harry’ (1971)

‘Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2’ (1980-82)

‘The Kidnapper’s Foil’ (1930s-1950s)

‘Kodachrome Color Motion-Picture Tests’ (1922)

‘A League of Their Own’ (1992)

‘The Matrix’ (1999)

‘The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair’ (1939)

‘One Survivor Remembers’ (1995)

‘Parable’ (1964)

‘Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia’ (1990)

‘Slacker’ (1991)

‘Sons of the Desert’ (1933)

‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’ (1973)

‘They Call It Pro Football’ (1967)

‘The Times of Harvey Milk’ (1984)

‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ (1971)

‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ (1914)

‘The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England’ (1914)

Source Washington Post

Joshua Brunsting

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