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"Every year, Librarian of Congress James H Billington personally selects which films will be added to the National Film Registry, working from a list of suggestions from the library’s National Film Preservation Board and the general public," reports Ann Hornaday for the Washington Post. This year's list of 25 films slated for preservation:
Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961) Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) A Computer Animated Hand (Pixar, 1972) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Robert Drew, 1963) The Cry of the Children (George Nichols, 1912) A Cure for Pokeritis (Laurence Trimble, 1912) El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez, 1992) Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968) Fake Fruit Factory (Chick Strand, 1986) Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Growing Up Female (Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, 1971) Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver, 1975) I, an Actress (George Kuchar, 1977) The Iron Horse (John Ford, 1924) The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921) The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945) The Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler, »
Forrest Gump, Bambi and The Silence of the Lambs are among the latest movies picked to be preserved as American national treasures. Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning picture from 1994 will be added to the country's National Film Registry along with the Disney classic and Sir Anthony Hopkins' gory thriller. The movies are among 25 which are chosen annually for preservation by the Library of Congress and this year's (11) list also includes Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature The Kid, as well as 1953's War of the Worlds, Porgy and Bess (1959) and Sally Field's Oscar-winning 1979 drama Norma Rae. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says in a statement, "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture. Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams." © WENN »
It's that time of year again and the National Film Registry has selected 25 more films for preservation. As usual, the titles range from mainstream to art house and from old to relatively new. They are all linked in that they've been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by members of the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry. Some of the picks include Best Picture winners such as Forrest Gump, The Long Weekend, and The Silence of the Lambs. There are also silent films represented with with efforts from Charlie Chaplin and John Ford making appearances. One particular highlight (for me, anyway) is John Cassavetes' Faces, which helped propel modern-day independent filmmaking. While plenty of these films are worthy of discussion, there's always a few that people debate the merits of. I could see some dismissing the inclusion of El Mariachi, especially since it isn't that old, but »
“My momma always said, .Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..” That line was immortalized by Tom Hanks in the award-winning movie “Forest Gump” in 1994. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected that film and 24 others to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney.s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder.s “The Lost Weekend,” a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to a real-life drama between a U.S. president and a governor over the desegregation of the University of Alabama. The selections also »
- Michelle McCue
Washington (AP) — Bambi, Forrest Gump and Hannibal Lecter have at least one thing in common: Their cinematic adventures were chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), a harrowing psychological thriller about the cannibalistic serial killer Lecter, and "Forrest Gump" (1994), starring Tom Hanks as the guileless hero who thinks "life is like a box of chocolates," were critical and commercial successes that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The animated Disney classic "Bambi" is among the most beloved movies ever »
- Ben Nuckols (AP)
It's always a blessed event when our genre is recognized, and when it comes to film, there's no greater honor than to be added to the National Film Registry for preservation. Two more of our best have recently been added. Read on for all of the details.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 films to be preserved as cultural, artistic, and historical treasures in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Included in the selections were the 1991 The Silence of the Lambs (winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Adapted Screenplay) and Byron Haskin's 1953 classic War of the Worlds.
Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts, and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, this year’s selections bring the number »
- Uncle Creepy
Life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you're gonna get. And some movies are like a fine wine fava beans and a nice chianti—they stand the test of time. That's the case at least for 1994's Forrest Gump, 1942's Bambi and 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, which are among 25 cinematic classics the Library of Congress has tapped for inclusion this year in the National Film Registry. Helmer Jonathan Demme's fantastic big-screen villain and Robert Zemeckis' Ping Pong-playing, shrimp-catching everyman—roles which netted both Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hanks Oscars—will be preserved in perpetuity along with Walt Disney's beloved 'toon, Charlie Chaplin's 1921 feature The Kid (his first full-length effort), Howard Hawks' 1934 screwball comedy satire Twentieth Century and Otto Preminger's spectacular 1959 adaptation of George Gershwin's musical Porgy and Bess. Per tradition, this year's list was chosen out of 2,228 titles nominated by the public, with the final 25 determined by Library film curators and esteemed members of the National Film Preservation Board. Joining the above-mentioned flicks in immortality are two hits from 1953: the great post-war noir The Big Heat, starring Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin and Gloria Graham and following a tough cop taking on a local crime syndicate; and War of the Worlds, a feverish Cold War nightmare based on H.G. Wells' 1898 novel chronicling an alien invasion of Earth. »
A pair of best picture winners from the early 1990s, one of Charlie Chaplin's best-known films and the animated classic "Bambi" are among the movies joining the National Film Registry in 2011.
The Library of Congress picks 25 movies each year that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" important to add to the registry. They're usually a mix of silent movies from the early days of motion pictures, Hollywood hits, documentaries and avant-garde films. This year is no different.
The most immediately recognizable titles in the 2011 class are Disney's well-loved "Bambi" and "Forrest Gump" and "The Silence of the Lambs," both of which won multiple Oscars (including best picture) in the '90s. Others include Chaplin's 1921 classic "The Kid," Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," John Cassavetes' "Faces" and John Ford's 1924 silent film "The Iron Horse." Robert Rodriguez's first movie, the made-for-$7,000 "El Mariachi," is also on the list. »
Christmas isn't just about getting stuff. It's about giving too, Charlie Brown. I know what you're thinking: Tell that to the U.S. government, who seems to delight only in taking — be it our money or our personal freedoms.
But each December, there is a certain federal institution that gives we the people a little gift…emphasis on the "little." That's right, it's time once again to see what films have been designated as American treasures by the Library of Congress.
Every year, 25 movies are chosen by the Librarian of Congress for addition to the National Film Registry. If my math is correct (and there's a good chance it's not), there have been 575 films deemed worthy of preservation by the Library of Congress since this all began in 1989. To give you some perspective, that's about the average number of movies released each year. Coincidentally, it's also the number of average movies released each year… »
When the entire world population is consumed by the unstoppable (and caffeinated) Starbucks Super-Flu pandemic in 2055, we can rest easy knowing our cinematic treasures have been carefully preserved by the National Film Registry, whose goal is to retain 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" in the Library of Congress annually.
With more than 2,000 titles nominated in 2011 alone, the list of this year's crop of movies include Walt Disney's "Bambi," Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," Charles Chaplin's "The Kid" and Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump."
Just from those four films alone, you can see that the criteria for inclusion has cast its net pretty wide, with everything from Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull's "A Computer Animated Hand" (1972) whose significance we covered back in September, John Cassavetes' highly influential indie domestic drama "Faces" (1968), to Jonathan Demme's 1991 Best Picture winner "Silence of the Lambs," in which, incidentally, Anthony Hopkins' character takes people's faces. »
- Max Evry
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Each December, the Library of Congress adds new films to its preservation list. Today, they revealed the 25 selected titles that will be protected by the National Film Registry.
“These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said. “Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams.”
Annual selections are finalized by the Librarian, who reviews hundreds of titles nominated by the public. This year 2,228 films were nominated for consideration. The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation then works to ensure that every film added to the Registry is preserved for generations to come.
- Sean O'Connell
Film Preservation Selections: The National Registry of the Library of Congress announced its annual selections for films “to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures.” Walt Disney’s Bambi, Robert Rodriguez’ El Mariachi, and Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs are among the 25 selections chosen “because of their enduring significance to American culture.” (Los Angeles Times) Check Your Mailbox: Ballots for the 84th Academy Awards have been mailed to more than 5,000 members of the Academy and are due back on January 13. Nominations for 15 of the 24 categories will be decided, with members in the different branches (actors, directors, editors, and so forth) voting for the nominations in their specific...
- Peter Martin
Consider this one of the few times you'll ever see "Bambi" and "The Silence Of The Lambs" in the same article. The National Film Registry has announced their latest additions to the list of “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant films, and yes, it ranges from wholesome family fare to a movie about a serial killing cannibal. The aforementioned films, along with the Tom Hanks smash "Forrest Gump," Billy Wilder's classic "The Lost Weekend," John Cassavetes' "Faces" and, in a pretty pleasant surprise, Robert Rodriguez's low budget breakthrough film "El Mariachi" mark some of the highlights of the annual titles, which now brings the registry up to 575 films. However, in an ongoing effort to recognize achievement in as wide a berth of films as possible, the National Film Registry does also take the time to look further back and off the beaten path. Silent film is represented »
And the Oscar poster is.... The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the poster Wednesday for the 84th Academy Awards, featuring an Oscar statuette and images from eight films across eight decades: "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Casablanca" (1943), "Giant" (1956), "The Sound of Music" (1965), "The Godfather" (1972), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), "Forrest Gump" (1994) and "Gladiator" (2000). All but one won the Best PIcture Oscar, and we'll give trivia fans a few moments to guess which. Also read: 'Forrest Gump,' 'Silence of the Lambs' Added to National Film Registry Okay. »
- Tim Molloy
I’m never one to put significant stock in the film-based choices made by any kind of committee — be it an awards group, critics circle, soup kitchen line, etc. — but the National Film Registry is a little different. Not that they’re any different than those aforementioned organization types, but because the government assemblage preserves works deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” No small potatoes.
Their latest list — created for both public awareness and the opportunity to grumble, as I’ll do in a second — has been unveiled, and the selections are none too out-of-left-field. The biggest of these 25 would have to be Forrest Gump, a choice I fully understand but completely disagree with on an opinion and moral scale. The only other true objection I can raise is toward El Mariachi, film school-level junk from a director whose finest works are the direct result of working with those more talented. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films." These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or 'other' -- anything that is film, really -- and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public. This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone's favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin's The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford's The Iron Horse. We've got a more complete list below. The New York Times  has the rundown on some of the new inductees, which will be fully announced today. »
- Russ Fischer
The National Film Registry has added 25 movies to its library. Forrest Gump, Bambi and The Silence of the Lambs are among the titles chosen for preservation in the Registry's archive based on cultural, historic and aesthetic significance. Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, John Cassavetes' Faces and Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi are also among the annual selections. This year's additions bring the library's total to 575. The Library of Congress's James Billington said: "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture. Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams." Alongside films and animations, the Registry includes documentaries, newsreels, music (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
The movies are among 25 which are chosen annually for preservation by the Library of Congress and this year's list also includes Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature The Kid, as well as 1953's War of the Worlds, Porgy and Bess (1959) and Sally Field's Oscar-winning 1979 drama Norma Rae.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says in a statement, "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture. Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams." »
Gloria Grahame, The Big Heat Forrest Gump, Bambi, The Silence Of The Lambs: National Film Registry 2011 Movies Besides the aforementioned Hester Street and Norma Rae, women are also at the forefront of Julia Reichert and Jim Klein's Growing Up Female (1971); Chick Strand’s Fake Fruit Factory (1986), a documentary about Mexican women who create ornamental papier-mâché fruits and vegetables; and the recently deceased George Kuchar’s experimental short I, an Actress (1977), which is available on YouTube. I couldn't find any titles focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual, multisexual, etc., or transgender characters. As so often happens, political correctness will go only so far. Anyhow, more interesting than p.c. choices was the inclusion of A Cure for Pokeritis (1912), an early comedy starring then-popular (and quite odd) couple John Bunny and Flora Finch; and what may well be my favorite noirish crime drama, Fritz Lang's The Big Heat (1953), starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame. »
- Andre Soares
Best Picture winners The Lost Weekend (1945), Forrest Gump, and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), along with the Walt Disney Studios' animated classic Bambi (1942), Charles Chaplin's silent comedy-drama The Kid (1921), and Howard Hawks' early screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934) are among the 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant movies just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Directed by Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend earned Ray Milland a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic. Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs earned Oscars for both leads, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. A monumental box-office hit in the mid-'90s and a paean to idiocy and conformism, Forrest Gump earned Tom Hanks his second back-to-back Oscar (he had won the previous year for Demme's Philadelphia). As per the National Film Registry's release, Bambi was Walt Disney's favorite among his studio's films. (That's all fine, »
- Andre Soares
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