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

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by Beth Hanna
December 18, 2013 12:21 PM
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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 Mercury Seven in writer-director Philip Kaufman's 1983 film "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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  • Brian | December 18, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    Well, good for the 13 I've heard of. It's about time we got MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD, THE QUIET MAN and FORBIDDEN PLANET in there. Surprised QUIET MAN wasn't in there by now.

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