The National Film Registry has announced the 25 movies that have been selected for preservation in the Library of Congress for 2018. These movies have been deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and will now be preserved for years to come. The titles this year are wide-ranging and include movies such as Jurassic Park, The Shining and titles dating back to the early 1900s.
Alfred Hitchcock's first American movie Rebecca has been selected, as well as Orson Welles The Lady From Shanghai. It was a big year for iconic directors, with Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick also getting their previously mentioned classics included, as well as John Ford getting his record-setting eleventh movie, The Informer, included in the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden had this to say in a statement.
"The National Film Registry turns 30 this year, and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium. These cinematic treasures must be protected, because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams."
Several of the more modern titles include 1993's Jurassic Park which, aside from being a massive blockbuster, was also groundbreaking for its use of CGI and created one of the biggest franchises ever. Also included this year was Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, which is now the most recent movie included in the National Film Registry, as it was released in 2005. It was also a big year for movies about music, with On the Town, My Fair Lady and Monterey Pop being included. Producer Lou Adler had this to say about Monterey Pop being included.
"I am extremely pleased and proud as I am sure John Phillips would be that Monterey Pop has been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry. Pleased that the film brings recognition to the artists involved in a cultural explosion of music festivals and celebrates a generation in tune with music and love. Proud to have collaborated with D.A. Pennebaker, who crafted a film that perfectly documented the time, the music and introduced a genre of filmmaking to be honored forever ... long after June 16, 17 and 18, 1967 as proven by this selection."
The oldest title added this year is Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency, which dates back to 1908. Also of note, Disney's 1950 animated classic Cinderella has been included this year. Be sure to check out the full list of titles from the Library of Congress below.
2018 National Film Registry Additions
- • 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
- • 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)