Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Dec. 12 announced the annual selection of American films to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Hayden said. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”
Each year, the National Film Registry chooses 25 films for preservation due to their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.
Among the class of 2018 are Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Best Picture Oscar winner Rebecca; Disney’s 1950 animated classic Cinderella; James L. Brooks’ 1987 treatise on the tumultuous world of television news, Broadcast News; Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining; the 1964 musical My Fair Lady; and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi blockbuster about the rebirth of dinosaurs, Jurassic Park.
In addition, Ang Lee’s 2005 contemporary Western drama Brokeback Mountain becomes the most-recently released film to be added to the registry.
The National Film Registry was created by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, which also created the National Film Preservation Board.
The first Registry list was released in 1989. Films are eligible for consideration 10 years after their release. The oldest film among the 750 now in the Registry is 1891’s Newark Athlete, a 10-second reel of a young athlete swinging Indian clubs, which was inducted in 2010.
Select titles from 30 years of the National Film Registry are available to view for free online in the National Screening Room (https://www.loc.gov/collections/national-screening-room/).
The public is invited to submit nominations for next year’s list at loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/nominate/.
Films Selected for the 2018 National Film Registry (in alphabetical order):
- Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
- Broadcast News (1987)
- Brokeback Mountain (2005)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
- Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)
- Eve’s Bayou (1997)
- The Girl Without a Soul (1917)
- Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)
- Hearts and Minds (1974)
- Hud (1963)
- The Informer (1935)
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
- Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
- Monterey Pop (1968)
- My Fair Lady (1964)
- The Navigator (1924)
- On the Town (1949)
- One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
- Pickup on South Street (1953)
- Rebecca (1940)
- The Shining (1980)
- Smoke Signals (1998)
- Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)