‘The Matrix’ added to the National Film Registry

By Paul Martin December 21st, 2012, in The Matrix

National Film Preservation BoardIt was only a matter of time.  The Matrix has finally been added to the National Film Registry, where it will be preserved by the Library of Congress.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films must be at least 10 years old. The Librarian makes the annual selections to the registry after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and conferring with Library film curators and the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB). The public is urged to make nominations for next year’s registry at the NFPB’s website (www.loc.gov/film/).

For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that the film is preserved for future generations, either through the Library’s motion picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion picture studios and independent filmmakers. The Packard Campus is a state-of-the-art facility where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings (www.loc.gov/avconservation/).

The Packard Campus is home to more than 6 million collection items. It provides staff support for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the National Recording Preservation Board and the National Registries for film and recorded sound.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its vast collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

The Matrix (1999)The Matrix (1999)
A visionary and complex film, the science-fiction epic “The Matrix” employed state-of-the-art special effects, production design and computer-generated animation to tell a story—steeped in mythological, literary, and philosophical references—about a revolt against a conspiratorial regime. The film’s visual style, drawing on the work of Hong Kong action film directors and Japanese anime films, altered science fiction filmmaking practices with its innovative digital techniques designed to enhance action sequences. Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta (who received an Academy Award for his efforts) expertly exploited a digitally enhanced simulation of variable-speed cinematography to gain ultimate control over time and movement within images. The film’s myriad special effects, however, do not undermine its fundamentally traditional, if paranoid, story of man against machine.

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4 Comments

  1. Donna Ross says:

    Kinda funny you write that THE MATRIX was “finally” added to the National Film Registry. It’s only been eligible for three years. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of films that have been eligible since the Registry was established nearly 25 years ago. It’s actually quite an honor for a film to be added to the Registry in only its third year of eligibility.

    • Specter says:

      LOL, I know, but you must understand that, as Matrix fans, we understand the qualifications of the registry and the achievements of the film. We’re definitely excited about this honor, that’s for sure. We just didn’t know until this announcement that films were only eligible after 10 years. That’s not really very common knowledge outside of the registry.

  2. REGGIE says:

    I AM REALLY OBSESSED WITH THE MATRIX MOVIES I DON’T HAVE MUCH TO SAY LIKE EVERY ELSE .I BEEN A MATRIX FAN SENSE 2003 BECAUSE I DID’NT REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE MATRIX MOVIES .BECAUSE I WAS BORN 2 YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST ONE .THE FIRST ONE I SAW WAS THE MATRIX RELOADED WHEN I FOUNDED THIS MOVIE IN MY MOM CLOSET ,SO I ASK MY MOM WHAT IS THIS MOVIE BECAUSE IT LOOKED COOL , I WANTED TO WATCH THIS MOVIE SO BAD.THIS WAS THE TIME THAT WE WAS MOVING.WHEN I GOT TO OUR NEW HOUSE I FINALLY WATCHED IT. SO WHEN I WAS WATCHING IT, THE MOVIE BEGINS WHEN TRINITY JUMP OFF A ROOF ON A MOTORCYCLE AND DID A BACK FLIP I WAS LIKE WAOOOOOOW THAT WAS COOL,TRINITY ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARTERS WITH HER JUMP AND HER SCORPION KICK AND HER OFF WALL CARTWHEELS, I LOVE THE MATRIX REVOLUTION WHEN SHE WAS KILLING HER MOVES WHEN SHE HIT THAT CARTWHEEL OFF THAT WALL WHILE SHE SHOOTING THIS GUY AND THEN NEXT THE PART WHEN A MAN WAS ON THE CELLING SHOOTINHG AND THEN HE JUMPED DOWN THEN TRINITY GOT HIM, SHE HIT HIM WITH HER SCORPION KICK THEN THE PART I LOVE THE MOST IS WHEN HE JUMPED UP BACK ON THE CELLING AND THEN SHE DID HER JUMP AND KICK HE UPSIDE DOWN INTO THE WALL WITH HIS ASS STUCK IN THE WALL I LOVE THE SOUNDTRACK SONG TO THAT FIGHT SCENE I THINK THAT TRINITY IS MY FAVORITE CHARTER I LIKE NEO AND MORPHEUS BUT TRINITY CAN KICK ASS I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE FORTH ONE. THE MATRIX MOVIES ALWAYS BEEN MY NUMBER 1 MOVIES OF ALL TIMES I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE MATRIX MOVIES, SOMETIMES I WISH THE MATRIX WAS REAL BECAUSE I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THE MOVIES IF IT GETS TO A POINT WHEN WE GOT TO FIGHT TO SAVE OUR FAMILY OR OUR PEOPLE I WOULD PROBABLY LIKE TO BE IN THE MATRIX BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD,NT LOOK EPIC IN REAL LIFE LIKE IT LOOKS IN THE MOVIES I JUST DON’T WANT TO GET A HOLE PUT IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD THAT ALL I A GOT SAY BYE .

  3. Reggie says:

    This to the people that made this site I did’nt know how to put my obsessed comment with the obsessed people, I know that this comment don,t have nothing to with it u people ,so u people should of put my comment with the obsessed p.eople this is the matrix fan site ain’t it

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