The Library of Congress decides that Pulp Fiction has been recognized as a work of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” The Library announced today that Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece is among 25 motion pictures that have been selected to join the National Film Registry, a moving-image collection that now numbers 1.2 million items.
The Registry’s new additions run the gamut, including everything from a beloved family musical (Mary Poppins) to a seminal western (The Magnificent Seven), an acerbic deconstruction of marriage (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?), a classic film noir (Gilda), a fact-based celebration of the U.S.’s space pioneers (The Right Stuff), and a groundbreaking sci-fi epic (Forbidden Planet).
Several documentaries also made the cut, including Michael Moore’s breakthrough movie Roger & Me and Bill Morrison’s Decasia, assembled from bits and pieces of nearly deteriorated found film. Decasia, released in 2002, is the newest movie among this year’s National Film Registry picks. (Films must be at least 10 years old to qualify for this honor.)
“The National Film Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of extraordinary American cinema,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement. “This key component of American cultural history, however, is endangered” — see this report, which indicates that only 30 percent of silent films released from 1912-1929 have survived to the present day — “so we must protect the nation’s matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity.”