The Library of Congress has announced the 25 films they’ll be adding to the National Film Registry. In short, the films chosen for the registry are deemed so important to American culture that they must be preserved at all costs. Prints of these films will be kept safe in multiple formats in order to ensure that they shall never vanish from this Earth. In a way, it’s more prestigious than any other honor because the government is declaring these films to be national treasures. Every year when I read the inductees, I always have the reaction, “Wait—that’s not already in there?” I’m not surprised that Pulp Fiction and Roger & Me, two movies from the 1990s, are new additions, but how are Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Judgment at Nuremburg just now getting in?
Hit the jump for the press release, which briefly explains why each film was added to the registry.