'Dirty Harry,' 'Matrix' added to National Film Registry
05:00 AM, Dec 19, 2012
“Dirty Harry” Callahan, Neo, Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun and the baseball-playing women of A League of Their Own are taking a permanent field trip to the Library of Congress.
Twenty-five films, made between 1897 to 1999, have been chosen this year for inclusion in the National Film Registry, including the Clint Eastwood vigilante drama Dirty Harry, the groundbreaking sci-fi flick The Matrix, the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1980s holiday fan-favorite A Christmas Story and others that bring the total number of deserving films to 600.
“Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of preserving America’s unparalleled film heritage,” said James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. “These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”
Under the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, films have to be at least 10 years old to be considered and must be “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. Annual selections are finalized by Billington after reviewing films that have been nominated by the public.
Other notables this year: the 1964 religious art film Parable; Otto Preminger’s courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder, with James Stewart and George C. Scott; the 1950s Western 3:10 to Yuma; Richard Linklater’s indie Slacker; the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk; and The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight, the chronicle of a boxing match that was filmed soon after Nevada legalized the sport and was technically groundbreaking when it was released in 1897.
Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon were among the first inclusions in the National Film Registry, which since 1989 has also added The Exorcist, Saturday Night Fever, King Kong, The Graduate, Rebel Without a Cause and Michael Jackson’s music video Thriller.
Films selected to the 2012 National Film Registry:
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Augustas (1930s-50s)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (1897)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (1980-82)
The Kidnappers Foil (1930s-50s)
Kodachrome Color Motion-Picture Tests (1922)
A League of Their Own (1992)
The Matrix (1999)
The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)
One Survivor Remembers (1995)
Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
They Call It Pro Football (1967)
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914)
The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England (1914)