'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Right Stuff' among 25 named to 2013 National Film Registry
The Library of Congress announced the 25 films selected for the 2013 National Film Registry and they feature some Academy Award winners, a groundbreaking documentary, genre classics and family favorites.
The highlights include Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964), "Forbidden Planet" (1956), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), "The Quiet Man" (1952), Michael Moore's "Roger & Me" (1989) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" (1966).
At the time of their release it would have been hard to imagine Tarantino's breakout, Moore's anti-car industry doc or a B-movie such as "Forbidden" ever being recognized by Congress. Time brings a unique perspective. "Poppins" selection is certainly deserved, but no doubt timed to the release of "Saving Mr. Banks" later this week.
Out of all the selections, the most intriguing may be "Martha Graham Early Dance Film" (1931-44). As a historical document, preserving the work of one of modern dance's greatest choreographers is priceless. According to a release from the Library, "This quartet of films, all silent and all starring Graham herself, document four of the artist’s most important early works. They are 'Heretic,' with Graham as an outcast denounced by Puritans; 'Frontier,' a solo piece celebrating western expansion and the American spirit; 'Lamentation,' a solo piece about death and mourning; and 'Appalachian Spring,' a multi-character dance drama, the lyrical beauty of which is retained even without the aid of Aaron Copland’s famous and beloved music."
Other important selections include “Cicero March" which chronicles a confrontation between blacks and whites during the Civil Rights era in Illinois; Lee Dick’s 1940 documentary “Men and Dust" about harsh health conditions for minters in the Midwest and Oklahoma; and the 1920 silent film “Daughter of Dawn" starring an all-Native-American cast of Comanche and Kiowa tribe members.
The new additions brings the total number of films in the Library of Congress' Film Registry to 625. Overall, the Library has over 1.2 million moving image items in is collection.
The complete list of inductees is as follows:
Bless Their Little Hearts (1984)
Brandy in the Wilderness (1969)
Cicero March (1966)
Daughter of Dawn (1920)
Ella Cinders (1926)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Hole (1962)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
King of Jazz (1930)
The Lunch Date (1989)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Martha Graham Early Dance film (1931-44)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Men & Dust (1940)
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)
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
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