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'A Christmas Story,' 'The Matrix' & More Head to National Film Registry

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December 19, 2012
Source: THR

A Christmas Story / National Film Registry

For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year, films included Forrest Gump, Silence of the Lambs, Bambi and A Computer Animated Hand, the first footage of computer animation ever. Now 25 more films will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to the history of cinema or because of their enduring significance to American culture. So find out what films join the registry below!

A Christmas Story made the cut this year, and that seems only appropriate around the holidays as it has become a classic depicting Midwest family and the common trials and tribulations of child and parent life in the middle class. In addition, the innovative and influential film The Matrix is on the list, a triumph for the Wachowskis that changed action films forever and opened the door for lots more original sci-fi films. Sports are also represented with America's pasttime of baseball in the form of A League of Their Own.

Other films span a wide range of various genres from Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder starring Jimmy Stewart, the original 3:10 to Yuma from 1957, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood's crime drama classic Dirty Harry, Richard Linklater's cult classic Slacker and the 80s documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, which seems quite relevant in today's society.

In addition, other non-feature installments like Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests which features It features Mae Murray, Hope Hampton, and Mary Eaton, posing and miming for the camera to showcase the capability of the complex Kodachrome process to capture their translucent movie star complexions and colorful, high-fashion clothing. For the complete list of films, including a description of each, head over to THR and maybe add some of these to your Netflix queue to get some historical perspective on cinema. You can see the whole list of 600 films in the National Film Registry right here.

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