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Every year, since 1989, the Library of Congress adds a group of films to the National Film Registry. What does this signify exactly? The films included on the ever-growing National Film Registry are designated as films that are to be preserved for all time. In other words, these are the films that matter and will now have their legacies protected by the federal government. This year the inductees included Disney's 'Bambi,' Robert Zemeckis' 'Forrest Gump,' Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid,' Robert Rodriguez's 'El Mariachi' and Jonathan Demme's 'The Silence of the Lambs.'This year's class was nominated by the public and, according to the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, were selected “because of their enduring significance to American culture.” There were a total of 25 films selected for the registry this year:
As much as subjectivity weighs in heavily when the discussion turns to the films selected, I respect the mere fact that the Library of Congress recognizes the value of film as an art form. I also love the eclectic mix of titles they've chosen for the National Film Registry this year. You have everything from Disney to Charlie Chaplin silent fare to an independent action movie. We could sit here and argue all day about which titles should be in the registry that aren't, but with the sheer number of significant films in existence, and the fact that the registry has only taken 25 per year since its inception in 1989, I feel criticizing them on this point to be a touch unfair. What I won't argue is the worthiness of this year's class. Each and every film on the 2011 list denotes a genuine contribution to the art of cinema. You can find more infotmation about each of the films currently included in the registry over at the official NFR website.
Which films would you nominate for 2012?
Source: The NY Times