December 28 2011

National Film Registry Additions For 2011

The National Film Preservation Board has made their annual announcement of which films are being added to The National Film Registry.

For those unfamiliar with the project, each year up to 25 films are selected for preservation in the Library of Congress.  Each film must be at least 10-years-old, they do not have to be feature length, and they do not have to have received a theatrical release.

This year’s list includes:

  1. Allures (1961)
  2. Bambi (1942)
  3. The Big Heat (1953)
  4. A Computer Animated Hand (1972)
  5. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)
  6. The Cry of the Children (1912)
  7. A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
  8. El Mariachi (1992)
  9. Faces (1968)
  10. Fake Fruit Factory (1986)
  11. Forrest Gump (1994)
  12. Growing Up Female (1971)
  13. Hester Street (1975)
  14. I, an Actress (1977)
  15. The Iron Horse (1924)
  16. The Kid (1921)
  17. The Lost Weekend (1945)
  18. The Negro Soldier (1944)
  19. Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930s-1940s)
  20. Norma Rae (1979)
  21. Porgy and Bess (1959)
  22. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  23. Stand and Deliver (1988)
  24. Twentieth Century (1934)
  25. War of the Worlds (1953)

As with each year there are a lot of early movies on here I have never heard of, but the real stand outs this year are Bambi (how was this not already on there?), The Kid, The Silence of the Lambs and War of the Worlds.  As much as I love El Mariachi, I’m not quite sure why it’s on here as it was a Mexican production, but oh well.  Almost every year there is one or two that I feel don’t fit with the charter for the National Film Preservation Board which says eligible films have to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to be included in the registry.  However, this year? I think I agree with all of them.  This really is a stellar lineup of films.

Any movies on the list that confuse you?

You can send in up to 50 films for the 2012 list, get to it folks!

You can also check out the additions for 2006, 2007, 20082009 and 2010.

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