Breakfast at Tiffany's added to US film registry for cultural significance
'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' 'The Matrix' and 'Dirty Harry' are the latest films to be preserved for their significance in American culture, it has been revealed.
'A League of Their Own' and 'A Christmas Story' will also be preserved by the US Library of Congress, along with A Christmas Story and some pioneering sports movies, News.com.au reported.
They are among 25 selections the library is inducting into the National Film Registry. US Congress created the program in 1989 to preserve films for their cultural or historical significance.
The latest additions bring the registry to 600 films that include Hollywood features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental flicks.
The newest movie chosen for preservation is 1999's 'The Matrix,' noted for its state-of-the-art special effects and computer-generated animation with a style that drew on Hong Kong action films and Japanese anime to change science fiction filmmaking, curators noted.
The oldest film being preserved, 'The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight,' dates back 115 years to 1897.
Film curators said the boxing movie helped establish the film industry as a successful business, drawing on the sport's popularity and controversy to generate 750,000 dollars in income.
The Librarian of Congress makes the selections each year after conferring with members of the National Film Preservation Board and receiving public nominations. To be considered, the films must be at least 10 years old.
"These films are not selected as the 'best' American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture," Librarian of Congress James Billington, said in announcing the selections.
"They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation," he said.