National Film Registry picks eclectic bunch as culturally significant

The LA Times have reported that the American Library of Congress have chosen 25 films this year to be added to the National Film Registr; Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington made the selections.

These movies are selected to the National Film Registry because they are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important. “These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture,” Billington said in a statement. “Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams.”

The movies chosen span the years 1912 to 1994 and include an eclectic mixture of feature films, documentaries, short subjects and experimental films. With this year’s selections, there are 575 films in the registry.

The films include the 1994 Oscar-winning Forrest Gump, Walt Disney’s 1942 classic animated Bambi, Charlie Chaplin’s first feature-length comedy The Kid and 1991’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs.

The full list can be found here

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