Library of Congress Adds ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Mary Poppins’ to National Film Registry
The Library of Congress has long been the curators of American cinema, annually bestowing the honor of induction into the National Film Registry to classic films of every era. This year, the Library of Congress has declared several new additions to be works of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” Thus, they’ve earned a spot in the Registry. But which films are in?
Leading the pack is Pulp Fiction, the 1994 Oscar-winning masterpiece from director/writer Quentin Tarantino. The film joins the more than 1.2 million items now in the Registry, and it’s not alone. Other films added to the collection this year include family classic Mary Poppins, legendary western The Magnificent Seven, intense character drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, iconic film noir Gilda, groundbreaking docudrama The Right Stuff, and the sci-fi epic Forbidden Planet.
In addition, several documentaries have made it into the National Film Registry this year, including Michael Moore’s breakthrough Roger & Me and Bill Morrison’s critically-acclaimed Decasia.
“The National Film Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of extraordinary American cinema,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement. “This key component of American cultural history, however, is endangered” — see this report, which indicates that only 30 percent of silent films released from 1912-1929 have survived to the present day — “so we must protect the nation’s matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity.”
Films must be at least 10 years old to qualify for induction, which means several new films qualify this year for induction next year, such as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Love, Actually, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lost in Translation. You can have a say in what gets considered for next year’s list by heading on over to the National Film Regsitry official website and nominating the films you want included.
Via: Entertainment Weekly