Wednesday, December 28, 2011

National Film Registry Adds 25 Films for 2011

Established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the National Film Preservation Board is an advisory body for the Librarian of Congress. The Board helps shape national film preservation planning policy, and also recommends films for the National Film Registry, including 25 additional films just named for 2011. Chosen for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance, this year's selections cover a wide gamut of genres and time periods, from The Cry of the Children and A Cure for Pokeritis in 1912 to Forrest Gump in 1994.

The public is encouraged to make nominations for selections to the 2012 National Film Registry.

Forrest Gump (1994)
El Mariachi (1992)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Stand and Deliver (1988)
Fake Fruit Factory (1986)

Norma Rae (1979)
I, an Actress (1977)
Hester Street (1975)
A Computer Animated Hand (1972)
Growing Up Female (1971)

Faces (1968)
Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment (1963)
Allures (1961)

Porgy and Bess (1959)
The Big Heat (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953)

The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Bambi (1942)

Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930s-40s)
Twentieth Century (1934)

The Iron Horse (1924)
The Kid (1921)

The Cry of the Children (1912)
A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)

Further information on the Registry as well as the films themselves can be found on the Library of Congress' web site. All 500+ films selected for the Registry since 1989 can also be browsed online.

In other news about the registry, These Amazing Shadows, a documentary about the National Film Registry and its cultural significance since its inception, will air nationally on the PBS series "Independent Lens" on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10 p.m (check local listings).

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