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December 19 2013

National Film Registry Additions for 2013

Mary Poppins

It’s that time of year again where the National Film Preservation Board has made its 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:

This year’s list has the largest percentage of films I’ve never heard. This is not a bad thing by any means as it means the Registry is truly trying to preserve films that might otherwise disappear, which is actually the point of it in the first place. That being said, it seems oddly coincidental that Mary Poppins makes the list during its 50th anniversary celebration and a movie about its production – Saving Mr. Banks – is hitting theaters.

I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

There are a lot of shorter, more experimental films that made the cut this year, and making it into the archives makes me want to check them out. As for the better known films, such as Pulp Fiction or The Quiet Man, if you haven’t already seen them, what’s stopping you?

Any movies on the list that confuse you? The press release below includes a section of why each film was chosen.

You can send in up to 50 films for the 2014 list, get to it folks!

You can also check out the additions for 200620072008200920102011 and 2012.

View Press Release

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