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New additions to the National Film Registry

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Tol'able David (1921)
Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
The Strong Man (1926)
The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Three Little Pigs (1933)
Our Day (1938)
The Women (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Now, Voyager (1942)
The House I Live In (1945)
The Naked City (1948)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Oklahoma! (1955)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Glimpse of the Garden (1957)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Bullitt (1968)
Tom, Tom the Piper's Son (1969-71)
Peege (1972)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Back to the Future (1985)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
post #2 of 8
Aah, Grand Hotel. Anyone who hasn't seen that gem, do yourself a favor! 70 years later, it's still hilarious.

whoo! BTTF!
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I could have sworn Close Encounters was in already.
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)
A personal fave... What a gay (the antiquated definition) time at the cinema! Not really.

Lecturer: Now the only way in which a polyp resembles other animals at all is that at certain periods of its growth, it does take a sentimental interest in polyps of the... opposite sex. Now, this presents a very complicated situation as the polyp has no definite sex itself. That is... it's neither one thing or the other. By that I mean the same polyp may be either a boy or a girl according to what or how it happened to feel like being.


12 ANGRY MEN wasn't in before? Scandalous!
post #5 of 8
Pretty awesome that Back to the Future made it onto the list.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Greg Clark
Pretty awesome that Back to the Future made it onto the list.

I signed a petition which urged the NFR to include it. I like to think it helped just a little.
post #7 of 8
What is the criteria to make it onto the list? As in, who sits around and decides, and why does it take 50 years for "12 Angry Men" to be included?
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The thing's only been inducting films since 1989. I would assume it worked a little like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's intial years -- you wanted to make sure that the big guns -- Casablanca, Searchers, Kane, etc. -- were added before you started to grab Halloween and Back to the Future.

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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The National Film Registry is meant to preserve up to twenty-five "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" each year; to be eligible, films must be at least ten years old. The films do not have to be feature-length or to have had a theatrical release. The Registry is meant to showcase the full range and diversity of American film heritage, and includes films ranging from Hollywood classics to newsreels, silent films, experimental films, films out of copyright protection, significant amateur footage, documentary film, and independent films.
The board that selects the films, the National Film Preservation Board, is listed here:

http://www.loc.gov/film/filmmemb.html

Unsuprisingly, Scorsese is on it.
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