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Library of Congress Adds More Classics to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress has added a wide range of movies to the National Film Registry, announcing on Wednesday the selections of contemporary films that helped smash stereotypes, such as “Brokeback Mountain,” and thrillers like “The Shining.” Also new are classics such as “Hud” and documentaries like “Hearts and Minds,” as well as rarities like “Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency.”

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement announcing the selections. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The library noted that the 25 films it selected span a range of 107 years, from 1898’s “Something Good — Negro Kiss” to 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.” The total number of movies in the registry now numbers 750. The Librarian selects 25 movies each year for the registry, under the authority of the National Film Preservation Act, which states that they must be at least 10 years old and are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. 

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