The Horse’s Head: Class of 2022

Merry NFR Day to those who celebrate!

The National Film Registry has unveiled the latest 25 films to make the list, bringing the total to 850 movies! Here they are in chronological order. Those with a * symbol are movies I submitted for consideration this year, while movies with a + symbol are ones I have submitted in previous years.

  • Mardi Gras Carnival (1898)
  • Cab Calloway Home Movies (1948-1951)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
  • Charade (1963)       
  • Scorpio Rising (1963)
  • Behind Every Good Man (1967)
  • Titicut Follies (1967)
  • Mingus (1968) 
  • Manzanar (1971)
  • Betty Tells Her Story (1972)
  • Super Fly (1972)
  • Attica (1974)
  • Carrie (1976)*
  • Union Maids (1976)
  • Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977)
  • Bush Mama (1979)
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
  • Itam Hakim, Hopiit (1984)
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)+
  • Tongues Untied (1989)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)*
  • House Party (1990)
  • Iron Man (2008)+
  • Pariah (2011)  

This year two of my 50 nominated films made the cut. Not my best year, but not my worst either. According to the NFR press release, my submissions were 50 of the 6,865 titles suggested for consideration this year, so with those odds two is an impressive number. And once again I sadly have to announce the current score: Movies on the NFR with Jane Fonda: 0, Movies on the NFR with Buddy Hackett: 2.

This year the NFR really outdid themselves in terms of the diversity of its selections. 15 of the 25 films were directed by women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ filmmakers (shoutout to Dee Rees, the center of this Venn Diagram!). While the Class of 2022 leans more towards obscure titles, I believe this says more about us as a moviegoing public not giving these movies the attention they deserve. As always, I look forward to these films broadening my horizons a bit. We’ll be covering a sampling of this year’s roster in January.

As always, you can nominate up to 50 movies for NFR consideration every year. You can fill out a nomination form here, and check out the NFR’s handy guide to movies not yet on the list. And may I humbly suggest checking out my FYC page, which includes some of the films and stars I have tried to get on this list over the years.

Happy Viewing and Stay Safe,

Tony

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