2012 National Film Registry selections as diverse as ever

2012 National Film Registry selections as diverse as ever

Since 1989, the National Film Registry has annually selected 25 American films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”  The purpose of this is to then take a master print of each film, restore it and preserve it so as to “make them accessible to present to future generations of Americans.”  Anyone can nominate a film that is at least 10 years old but the 44-member board that consists of film critics, scholars, directors, actors and at-large members, makes the final choices.


Blog PhotoThe varieties of films that have been chosen are, to say the least, eclectic. Obvious classics such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo and It’s a Wonderful Life have been chosen but also have the Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassination, propaganda movies such as Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series from World War II as well as animated features such as the Bugs Bunny classic What’s Opera, Doc?  Needless to say, with 575 movies now on the list, there’s sure to be something to interest anyone.

The 2012 list was announced earlier this week and it is a reflection of the registry's overall holdings as it too throws a wide net in regards to the various genres recognized here. Definitive genre exercises such as Dirty Harry, The Matrix and 3:10 to Yuma were selected as was a film of The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight from 1897, Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests from 1922 and the Laurel and Hardy comedy Sons of the Desert.  The entire list of this year’s inductees is below, and here is the website for the NFR, where the entire list of their holdings can be seen.


Films Selected for the 2012 Film Regsitry

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

The Augustas (1930s-1950s)

Born Yesterday (1950)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

A Christmas Story (1983)

The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (1897)

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Dirty Harry (1971)

Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (1980-82)

The Kidnapper’s Foil (1930s-1950s)

Kodachrome Color Motion-Picture Tests (1922)

A League of Their Own (1992)

The Matrix (1999)

The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)

One Survivor Remembers (1995)

Parable (1964)

Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)

Slacker (1991)

Sons of the Desert (1933)

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

They Call It Pro Football (1967)

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914)

The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England (1914)


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