A near-empty Fifth Avenue in a pre-dawn Manhattan. A solo harmonica plays "Moon River." A lone taxi rolls up to Tiffany's and out steps Audrey Helpburn as Holly Golightly. The iconic moment defines Breakfast at Tiffany's, and this morning, the Library of Congress decided that the image should be treasured, quite literally.
Breakfast at Tiffany's joined A Christmas Story, A League of Their Own, Dirty Harry and 21 other films that the library announced would become part of its National Film Registry. The U.S. Congress created the registry in 1989 to preserve films of cultural or historical significance.
This year's entries are:
• 3:10 to Yuma, a 1957 Western based on a short story by Elmore Leonard.
• Anatomy of a Murder, director Otto Preminger's 1959 courtroom thriller.
• The Augustas, A 16-minute film by traveling salesman Scott Nixon, shot in the 1930s-1950s, chronicling some 38 streets, storefronts and cities named Augusta.
• Born Yesterday, the classic 1950 comedy that won Judy Holliday a best actress Oscar.
• Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 romantic dramedy based on Truman Capote’s novella.
• A Christmas Story, the 1983 holiday favorite based on the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd.
• The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight, an 1897 chronicle of the famed boxing match between James J. Corbett—aka “Gentleman Jim”—and Bob Fitzsimmons.
• Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood in his 1971 role as Det. Harry Callahan.
• Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2, Experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky’s silent tone poem filmed in 1980.
• The Kidnappers Foil: Melton Barker traveled through the South and Midwest in the 1930s filming local kids acting, singing and dancing in two-reel films.
• Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests, 1922 demonstration of color film to attract the attention of the film industry.
• A League of Their Own, the 1992 comedy about the All-American Girls Professional Softball League of the 1940s and early 1950s.
• The Matrix: the 1999 sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.
• The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair, a 1939 industrial film produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
• One Survivor Remembers: an Oscar-winning 1995 documentary short about Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.
• Parable: a 1964 allegorical Christian film for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
• Samsara: Death and Rebirth of Cambodia: a 1990 chronicle of the struggle of the Cambodian people to rebuild their shattered society after Pol Pot’s killing fields.
• Slacker: the 1991 indie comedy about a group of diverse characters over the course of one day in Austin, Texas.
• Sons of the Desert: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star in one of their funniest films, from 1933.
• The Spook Who Sat by the Door: a 1973 thriller about an African-American who infiltrates the CIA in order to create a black nationalist revolution.
• They Call It Pro Football: the first feature film (1967) from NFL Films utilized Telephoto lens and slow-motion to offer a primer on the game.
• The Times of Harvey Milk: the 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary about San Francisco’s first openly gay elected city official who was assassinated in 1978.
• Two-Lane Blacktop: the 1971 existential road picture.
• Uncle Tom’s Cabin: a 1914 silent adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark 1852 anti-slavery novel.
• The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England: a 1914 tale of cross-class romance.