Wednesday, December 18, 2013


An impressive collection of American shorts, documentaries and feature films have been selected by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Every year, twenty-five motion pictures are decided to be preserved that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and are at least ten years old. Some titles, such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "The Magnificent Seven" and "Pulp Fiction" may be very familiar to audiences but others like "Bless Their Little Hearts", an African-American drama from the '90's or "The Lunch Date", a ten-minute short film that won a student Academy Award may be less well-known. The Librarian makes the annual selections to the registry after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and conferring with library film curators and members of the National Film Preservation Board.

Here is the complete list of films selected for the 2013 National Film Registry:

“Bless Their Little Hearts” (1984)

“Brandy in the Wilderness” (1969)

“Cicero March” (1966)

“Daughter of Dawn” (1920)

“Decasia” (2002)

“Ella Cinders” (1926)

“Forbidden Planet” (1956)

“Gilda” (1946)

“The Hole” (1962)

“Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961)

“King of Jazz” (1930)

“The Lunch Date” (1989)

“The Magnificent Seven” (1960)

“Martha Graham Dance film” (1944)

“Mary Poppins” (1964)

“Men & Dust” (1940)

“Midnight” (1939)

“Notes on the Port of St. Francis” (1951)

“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

“The Quiet Man” (1952)

“The Right Stuff (1983)

“Roger & Me” (1989)

“A Virtuous Vamp” (1919)

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966)

“Wild Boys of the Road” (1933)