“Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, the 1961 film based on the book by Truman Capote, now has the distinction of being added to the National Film Registry at the Library Of Congress, where it joins new additions “A League Of Their Own”, “Dirty Harry”, and “A Christmas Story”.
The NFR was created as a way to preserve films which have significance in American culture, boasting titles which range from the very old–1897’s “The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight”–to the very new, such as 1999’s “The Matrix”. But the films accepted aren’t necessarily those which found commercial success; this year, one of the items included a Kodak test film from 1922 that developers used to create new versions of color film.
“Most every major Hollywood film from 1922 through the end of the silent era would have either a Kodachrome color sequence in it or Technicolor color sequence as a way of attracting audience interest,” said Pat Loughney, chief of the library’s audio visual preservation campus. “It’s a technical, historical achievement, but it’s important to the progress of inventive work that made motion pictures successful.”