‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘A Christmas Story’ join National Film Registry

By Daniel S Levine,

The Library of Congress announced the latest films to join the National Film Registry, meaning that the group of 25 films will be preserved forever thanks to their significance to the art and culture. The group includes eclectic selections from popular films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Christmas Story and The Matrix to works created at very dawn of the medium.

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, named the films on Wednesday. “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,” he said in the announcement.

The group includes films from 1897 to 1999. The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight, a film of the boxing match in Carson City, Nevada, is the oldest film in the group and runs an astonishing (for the time) 100 minutes. Andy and Lana Wachowski’s influential sci-fi film The Matrix is the most recent film included.

Other key works include They Call It Pro Football, the first NFL Films production, which was written and produced by Steve Sabol, who died in September; Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests, a 1922 test reel of color footage by Kodak; and 1984’s The Times of Harvey Milk, the Oscar-winning documentary about San Francisco's first openly gay city official.

Some of the important films include the Hollywood classics 3:10 To Yuma, Anatomy of a Murder, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Born Yesterday. Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker, Dirty Harry, A League of Their Own and A Christmas Story also joined the National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress began the National Film Registry in 1989 and each film is selected for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. Each film is preserved by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, which makes sure that future generations will have access to them.

Here's the full list:
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)

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