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Dirty Harry added to film registry
Dirty Harry, Breakfast at Tiffany's and A League of Their Own are being preserved for their enduring significance in American culture, along with A Christmas Story and some pioneering sports movies.
The US Library of Congress has announced 25 films it will induct into the National Film Registry. The latest additions bring the registry to 600 films that include Hollywood features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental flicks.
They include Don Siegel's 1971 police thriller Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood, Audrey Hepburn's classic romantic comedy vehicle Breakfast at Tiffany's from 1961 and Penny Marshall's 1992 baseball movie A League Of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks and Madonna.
Congress created the programme in 1989 to preserve films with cultural or historical significance.
This year's selections date back to 1897's The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight. Film curators say the boxing movie helped establish the film industry as a successful business by drawing on the sport's popularity and controversy.
The newest film selection is the Wachowskis' massive 1999 sci-fi hit The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves.
Each title will be preserved in the library's Virginia vault or through other archives.
"These films are not selected as the 'best' American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture," said Librarian of Congress James Billington in announcing the selections. "They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation."
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.