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National Film Registry Selects 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' and More for Preservation

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 18, 2013 at 12:21PM

The National Film Registry has selected 25 films to be added to its catalog of titles to be preserved by the Library of Congress. The films selected certainly run the gamut -- Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" was chosen alongside Disney live-action classic "Mary Poppins."
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Mary Poppins

The National Film Registry has selected 25 films to be added to its catalog of titles to be preserved by the Library of Congress. The films selected certainly run the gamut -- Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" was chosen alongside Disney live-action classic "Mary Poppins." 

"The Right Stuff"
"The Right Stuff"

Also chosen were Stanley Kramer's courtroom epic "Judgment at Nuremberg"; John Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven," inspired by Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"; Burton-Taylor showdown classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; Rita Hayworth vehicle "Gilda"; John Ford's Ireland-set "The Quiet Man," starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara; 1956 fantastical sci-fi entry "Forbidden Planet"; and space program epic "The Right Stuff."

Michael Moore's "Roger & Me," on the General Motors plant closure in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, was one of the four documentaries to make the list. Moore penned a letter in appreciation, thanking the Library of Congress for the timeliness of its selection:

The news comes at just the right moment for 'Roger & Me'. The upcoming year, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the film's debut. But last year I learned that there was not a single print of 'Roger & Me' in existence. Anywhere. I was stunned. I had received a call from the New York Film Festival asking if I knew where they could find a 35mm copy of the film. They were told there were no usable prints in North America -- all of them had been damaged or destroyed or had faded in color. How could the largest grossing documentary of all time in 1989 just have vanished? Poof. Gone. And if this could happen to 'Roger & Me', what kind of shape are other films -- especially documentaries -- in?

I called up the good people of Warner Bros. to help me fix the problem -- and they did. In the end ten new prints were made and are now being donated to archival vaults at UCLA, the Motion Picture Academy, the Museum of Modern Art and the George Eastman House.  

But now, with the protection offered by the Library of Congress, 'Roger & Me' will be in good hands and around for a long time to come.

The full list of titles added to the Registry this year, after the jump:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.