'Mary Poppins,' 'Pulp Fiction' among 25 movies added to National Film Registry
The family classic film "Mary Poppins" is getting recognition, along with 25 other films, for its "great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation's cinematic heritage," according to the Library of Congress.
It was announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18, that the 1964 movie, as well as films like "Pulp Fiction" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"" are being added to the National Film Registry this year.
"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, so we must protect the nation's matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity."
The new selections bring the number of films in the registry to 625. The full list, which can be seen below, also includes the documentary "Roger & Me" and the western "The Magnificent Seven." Each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to be added to the registry. The films must be at least 10 years old and the public can nominate titles.
The induction of "Mary Poppins" into the registry just happened to occur at the same time as the upcoming release of the film "Saving Mr. Banks," which is a behind-the-scenes look at the early stages of the making of the 1964 musical film and the issues Walt Disney had with P.L. Travers, the British author of the book series by the same name, when trying to adapt the books for the silver screen.
"Mary Poppins" stars Julie Andrews, who won an Oscar for her role in the film, and Dick Van Dyke recently appeared at the premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" in Los Angeles and talked about why "Mary Poppins" has a special place in the hearts of many film lovers.
"'Mary Poppins' is a wonderful, family movie. All the family can enjoy it," Andrews explained to OTRC.com. "And I was just saying that every seven years there's another generation coming along that would probably be introduced to it and so it just goes ... the circle goes on and on and on with a good film."
"That's true of a lot of movies, but 'Poppins' seems to have been around for a long time because it is about family and about love and safety," she added.
Van Dyke said, "Walt Disney is the real why, I think. It's because he had a hand in it every day. He was right there and just with the combination of the Sherman brothers and the great tunes they wrote, I think that Walt and the Sherman brothers made that the movie it was."
The actor also admitted that he still occasionally sings songs from the film and sang a little sample of "Jolly Holiday" during our interview, which can be seen above.
"Saving Mr. Banks" hits theaters in wide release on Dec. 20. Check out the full list of films added to the National Film Registry below.
"Bless Their Little Hearts" (1984)
"Brandy in the Wilderness" (1969)
"Cicero March" (1966)
"Daughter of Dawn" (1920)
"Ella Cinders" (1926)
"Forbidden Planet" (1956)
"The Hole" (1962)
"Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961)
"King of Jazz" (1930)
"The Lunch Date" (1989)
"The Magnificent Seven" (1960)
Martha Graham Early Dance films (1931-44)
"Mary Poppins" (1964)
"Men & Dust" (1940)
"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)
"Wild Boys of the Road" (1933)
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