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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

National Film Registry: Who Knew?

If you had to pick the top 5 movies that really impacted your life, be it because of the plot, characters, scenery, visual effects, or whatever it is that spoke to you...what would they be? 

I just found out about the National Film Registry and National Film Preservation Board, a part of the Library of Congress. Every year, up to 25 films are nominated because they are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Anyone can nominate any film, it just has to be at least 10 years old. You can email with up to 50 nominations/year. I perused the films that have been nominated since 1989, the year the registry started. I was curious about which ones were so impacting as to be nominated at the 10- or 11-year mark, and below is a list:

Do the Right Thing           1989     1999
Goodfellas                       1989     1999
Beauty and the Beast       1991     2002
Boyz in the Hood             1991     2002
Schindler's List                1993     2004
Hoop Dreams                  1994     2005
Toy Story                        1995     2005
Fargo                              1996     2006

I'd never heard of the first one, but the rest I could easily guess why they were nominated and selected within such a short time frame. 

Tons of other films were nominated that I thought were well-deserving. Here's a sampling of fifty films (that I liked in particular!) in order of release date:

Gone with the Wind
Citizen Kane
Meet Me in St. Louis
National Velvet
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
The African Queen
A Streetcar Named Desire
Singing in the Rain
Roman Holiday
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Rebel Without a Cause
Jailhouse Rock
Porgy and Bess
West Side Story
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Lawrence of Arabia
The Music Man
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dr. Strangelove
The Sound of Music
Bonnie and Clyde
Cool Hand Luke
2001: A Space Odyssey
Planet of the Apes
Dirty Harry
The Godfather
The Exorcist
Blazing Saddles
Taxi Drive
Saturday Night Fever
Star Wars
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A Christmas Story
The Terminator
Back to the Future
Dances with Wolves

For a complete list, click here

Let's Analyze

It's late as I'm typing this up, and I'm curious if there is such an equivalent for books? Anyone? Anyone?