The US Library of Congress has today revealed its 2013 selection of 25 movies it will be adding to the country’s National Film Archive in recognition of their “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance.” The highlight of that bunch is Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, an expletive- and violence-laden tale of interconnecting storylines and dark humor that never aspired to be as great as it turned out to be. The director’s initial intent was to create a pastiche of film noir and the comic books he grew up reading, but in the process of remixing the old he came up with a resoundingly fresh and visceral experience. Evidently, it’s resonated with serious and sober critics just as much as it has with audiences over the years.
Michael Moore, another unlikely candidate for Congressional recognition, also figures on this year’s list with his first ever documentary, 1989’s Roger & Me. More predictable choices include 1964’s Mary Poppins, 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and The Magnificent Seven, a 1960 western remake of the Japanese classic Seven Samurai.
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