Nothing restores my faith in the future of America than the yearly announcement of additions to the National Film Registry. In 50 years, some lucky high school student will gaze opon the archives of "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" set aside for preservation at a rate of 25 per year, see that the The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been placed on the same level as Casablanca, and instantly start making assumptions about the 20th century that I can't even fathom.
This year's list of inductees is typically quixotic, with Toy Story joining the ranks of government-approved film history alongside The French Connection, Hoop Dreams, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and, most interestingly, Baby Face. The ultimate example of Pre-Code scandalousness, Face stars Barbara Stanwyck as a tough gal who escapes her father's speakeasy/brothel to sleep her way to the top of the corporate ladder – only to trade a suitcase full of diamonds to be with the man she loves. Daryl Zanuck, Baby's producer, left Warner Brothers over Harry Warner's refusal to release the film uncut; he went on to start what would become 20th Century Fox.
The full list of this year's inductees is after the jump.