Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 National Registry Inductees

The following is the list of the 25 films invited to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress:

  • Bless Their Little Hearts (1984)- Billy Woodbury's independent drama.
  • Brandy in the Wilderness (1961)- Stanton Kaye's experimental autobiography
  • Cicero March (1966)- Eight minute documentary about race relations in an Illinois town.
  • Daughter of Dawn (1929)- Recently unearthed independent drama.
  • Decasia (2002)- Bill Morrison's documentary consisting of decomposing nitrate.
  • Ella Cinders (1926)- Silent featuring Colleen Moore
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)- Fred M. Wilcox's sci/fi adventure with Walter Pigeon that's loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.
  • Gilda (1946)- Charles Vidor's noir classic which features legend Rita Hayworth at her most utterly iconic while lip-syncing to "Put the Blame on Mame."
  • The Hole (1962)- John and Faith Hubley's Oscar-winning animated short.
  • Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)- Stanley Kramer's twice Oscar-winning chronicle of the Nuremberg trials which starred Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, and a pre-Captain Kirk William Shatner.
  • King of Jazz (1930)- Musical revue shot in two-strip Technicolor that featured a young Bing Crosby.
  • The Lunch Date (1989)- Adam Davidson's ten-minute short that won the 1990 Student Academy Award.
  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)- John Sturges' American remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai with Steve McQueen.
  • Martha Graham Early Dance Films (1931-1944)- Four silent films featuring Graham.
  • Mary Poppins (1964)- Right in time for the films 40th anniversary; Julie Andrews won an Oscar for her portrayal of practically perfect nanny based on P.L. Travers' novel.  You can see the (fictionalized) backstory of how it got made in the current Saving Mr. Banks.
  • Men & Dust (1940)- Labor advocacy film produced and directed by Lee Dick, a pioneering female documentary filmmaker.
  • Midnight (1939)- A romantic comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen from a script by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett-- Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche and John Barrymore star,
  • Notes on the Port of St. Francis(1951)- Experimental documentary from Frank Stauffacher narrated by Vincent Price.
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)- Quentin Tarantino's splicing of genre and form; won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. 
  • The Quiet Man (1992)- John Ford won his fourth Oscar for this classic which starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
  • The Right Stuff (1983)- Philip Kaufman's epic about the early days of the space age.
  • Roger & Me (1989)- Michael Moore's muckraking documentary about his pursuit of GM honcho Roger Smith; the film that started it all.
  • A Virtuous Vamp (1919)- Silent romantic comedy written by Anita Loos.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)- Mike Nichols' adaptation of the Edward Albee play that won 5 Oscars, including one for star Elizabeth Taylor.
  • Wild boys of the Road (1933)- William Wellman's socially conscious Great Depression drama.

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