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TCM Celebrates 30 Years of the National Film Registry

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Tomorrow is the big day! On Wednesday, December 12, we will announce the 2018 National Film Registry selections. Be the first to know by subscribing to our news alert. This is the 30th year of the registry and we have been highlighting films added each year on our “Now See Hear” blog.

Our friends at TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will show films from the registry tonight and tomorrow to help us celebrate! Here is the lineup:

Tuesday, December 11 on TCM:

  • Stagecoach (1939, inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995): 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966, inducted 2013): 10:00 p.m.
  • Easy Rider (1969, inducted 1998): 12:30 a.m.
  • Mildred Pierce (1945, inducted 1996): 2:30 a.m.
  • The Mark of Zorro (1920, inducted into the registry 2015): 4:30 a.m.

Martin Scorsese, a member of the National Film Preservation Board (public advisory group to the Librarian of Congress), says this lineup “gives you a little thumbnail history of Hollywood moviemaking from the silent era through the very end of the studio system.” Read more of Scorsese’s comments on these registry films.

Ad for Mildred Pierce film
Mildred Pierce ad from 1945 edition of Modern Screen. Courtesy Media History Digital Library.
Motion picture poster for Easy Rider, 1969. Library of Congress.
The Mark of Zorro Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro protects Lolita (Marguerite De La Motte) while he dueling Capitán Ramon (Robert McKim). Library of Congress.
Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim in The Mark of Zorro. Library of Congress.











Wednesday, December 12 on TCM (8:00 p.m. ET)

TCM's Leonard Maltin interviews Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about the National Film Registry selections for 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.
TCM’s Leonard Maltin interviews Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about the National Film Registry selections for 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.


On Wednesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Leonard Maltin kick off the watch party by discussing the 2018 list and announcing the newest registry additions that will be shown on TCM that night. Read more about TCM’s National Film Registry tribute.

The 2018 list will be announced early tomorrow! Check our home page for the latest news.

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