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February 13, 2013

Courtney Caughey-Stambul: 25 films added to the National Film Registry in 2012

NEW CASTLE — Each year, the National Film Registry adds up to 25 films to its list for possible preservation.

Films chosen are not meant to represent the greatest American movies of all time, but rather are meant to represent films that have made an impact on our culture.

All movies selected to be preserved are housed at the Library of Congress Packard Campus.

To learn more about the Packard Campus, visit The video on the Packard Campus is really interesting, so be sure to watch it. The campus is absolutely gorgeous.

The Librarian of Congress chooses each year's movie selections, though members of the public can nominate films. Films must be at least 10 years old to be considered for preservation.

To find out how to nominate a film in 2013, visit

In December, 25 films were added to the registry. Selections included "The Matrix," "Dirty Harry" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Also chosen was the NFL's first feature film, "They Call It Pro Football."

The total of films in the registry now stands at 600!

Looking over the list, I was overjoyed to see that "A Christmas Story" is now a part of the National Film Registry, as well as "A League of Their Own."

I would love to see "Grease" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" added in 2013.

To read the full list of 2012 films added to the registry, visit



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