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25 Lucky films inducted into the National Film Registry

The National Film Registry has opened its doors. New movies have been added to its coveted library. For 2012, it has selected The Matrix, A Christmas Story, Born Yesterday, and many more.

A League of Their Own

The Library of Congress has made 25 new additions to its National Film Registry. On Wednesday, it unveiled the list of lucky titles, which includes A League of Their Own, Dirty Harry, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The registry was created in 1989 to preserve films that have distinct cultural or historical significance. They delve into every genre, even documentaries. This year’s inductees are in privileged company, and join the likes of All About Eve, Apocalypse Now, Beauty and the Beast, Bonnie and Clyde and Citizen Kane.

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According to CBS News, “the Library of Congress works with studios and archives to make sure copies of movies named to the Registry are safeguarded and preserved for future generations.” Apparently, most films produced before 1950 are lost. Their negatives have been destroyed due to improper care and fires.

Here are the registry’s 2012 selections:

  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
  • Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • The Augustas (1930s-1950s)
  • 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-1950s)
  • 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) 
  • Parable (1964) 
  • Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990) 
  • Slacker (1991)
  • 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)

To date, the National Film Registry has added 600 titles to its catalog.

What do you think of this year’s picks?

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