'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' & More Added to National Film Registry
by Ethan Anderton
December 18, 2013
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, the holiday classic A Christmas Story, the groundbreaking, sci-fi flick The Matrix, A League of Their Own and more were added to the registry. 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!
Quentin Tarntino gets some love in the form of his Best Picture nominated (and arguably snubbed) Pulp Fiction, a dark but poignant slice of America from the 90s. The live-action Disney musical Mary Poppins has been added to the registry, just in time to see Saving Mr. Banks, the film about how the adaptation came to be, hits theaters. Other classics include Mike Nichols' superbly acted drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with The Right Stuff, a wholly appropriate addition in a year when Gravity captivated sci-fi audiences with a realistic disaster in space. In addition, Michael Moore's Roger & Me has been added to the registry, a sadly relevant addition as Detroit continues to suffer, much like Flint, Michigan did in the documentary's examination of massive downsizing at General Motors.
Other classics include The Quiet Man from John Ford, The Magnificent Seven and Judgment at Nurembuerg. Other films included go way back in cinema's history (the oldest goes back to 1987), mostly because of their cultural relevance in their respective time periods and the eras they represent in their narrative. The Playlist has done a wonderful job of rounding up some clips from many of the older, more obscure films so that you can see why these pieces of cinema are so important. The National Film Registry is up to 625 films that will be preserved at the Library of Congress, and you can see the entire list right here.