(CBS News) – Quentin Tarantino’s obscenity-spewing killers and the prim nanny Mary Poppins may have little in common, but the Library of Congress announced today they are all to be preserved for future film audiences.
The Library has named 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry, its collection of films deemed to be culturally, aesthetically or historically important. One of the most eclectic of film lists, its aim is to help protect our nation’s fragile film heritage.
This year’s additions include “Pulp Fiction,” writer-director Tarantino’s blazing, circuitous tale of low-lifes crossing paths, usually leaving bloody trails along the way; and “Mary Poppins,” Walt Disney’s frothy musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in a mixture of live-action and animation.
Also named: “The Right Stuff,” Philip Kaufman’s tale of test pilots and the dawn of the U.S. space program; “The Magnificent Seven,” a rousing western that was a remake of a Japanese samurai film (which was itself inspired by American westerns); “The Quiet Man,” a colorful romantic drama starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, and the landscapes of Ireland; and “Forbidden Planet,” a spectacular example of 1950s sci-fi whose cast included Robby the Robot.
The Registry is not limited to Hollywood entertainments; documentaries, experimental films and cartoons, and student films are also on the list. Among the new ones added today are “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s tongue-in-cheek documentary about the effects of plant closures on the working class families of Flint, Mich.; and “Cicero March,” a cinema verite looks at a civil rights march in a white suburb of Chicago in 1966.
Among the most historically significant films added: “The Daughter of Dawn,” a 1920 drama featuring a cast of Native Americans shot on a wildlife refuge in Oklahoma; and a quartet of early dance films featuring Martha Graham.
The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced today’s annual selection, bringing the number of films in the Registry to 625.
“The National Film Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of extraordinary American cinema,” said Billington. “This key component of American cultural history, however, is endangered, so we must protect the nation’s matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity.”
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