Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Willy Wonka' Added to National Film Registry

Childhood classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and teenage comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" were among the 25 films announced Tuesday morning that have been selected for preservation in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Other notable titles include the Oscar-winning "Saving Private Ryan", the stoner comedy "The Big Lebowski" the original "House of Wax" from 1953 starring Vincent Prize - the first full-length 3D feature film backed by a major studio - and the demonic horror film "Rosemary's Baby".

The most recent film selected was the 2004 documentary called "10 Lakes" which shows 10-minute shots of 13 different American lakes showing landscaping as a "function" of time". The shortest film selected is the 2-minute animated short "Luxo Jr." by John Lasseter during Pixar's infancy in 1986. The tale of desk lamps would go on to be Pixar's iconic title sequence at the beginning of films.

Films selected range from the years 1913-2004.

The Librarian of Congress every year chooses 25 films that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant after reviewing hundreds of nominations from the public and conferring with the library's film curators. Nominated films must be at least 10 years old.

The National Film Registry was started in 1989 and has preserved masterpieces including "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Citizen Kane", "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" in its 25 years of existence.

Here is a list of films selected for 2014.

13 Lakes (2004)
Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
The Dragon Painter (1919)
Felicia (1965)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Gang’s All Here (1943)
House of Wax (1953)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Little Big Man (1970)
Luxo Jr. (1986)
Moon Breath Beat (1980)
Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shoes (1916)
State Fair (1933)
Unmasked (1917)
V-E + 1 (1945)
The Way of Peace (1947)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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