"Mary Poppins," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and More Added to 2013 National Film Registry

By Michael Gioia
18 Dec 2013

The films "Mary Poppins" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" are among the 2013 selection of 25 motion pictures joining the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

"The National Film Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of extraordinary American cinema," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a statement. "This key component of American cultural history, however, is endangered, so we must protect the nation’s matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity."

Spanning the period 1919-2002, the films named bring the total number of films in the registry to 625 — a part of the Library's moving-image collection of 1.2 million items.

The films added include "Bless Their Little Hearts" (1984), "Brandy in the Wilderness" (1969), "Cicero March" (1966), "Daughter of Dawn" (1920), "Decasia" (2002), "Ella Cinders" (1926), "Forbidden Planet" (1956), "Gilda" (1946), "The Hole" (1962), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), "King of Jazz" (1930), "The Lunch Date" (1989), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "Martha Graham Early Dance" film (1931-44), "Mary Poppins" (1964), "Men & Dust" (1940), "Midnight" (1939), "Notes on the Port of St. Francis" (1951), "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "The Quiet Man" (1952), "The Right Stuff" (1983), "Roger & Me" (1989), "A Virtuous Vamp" (1919), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and "Wild Boys of the Road" (1933).

The public can make nominations for next year's registry at LOC.gov/Film.