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Thursday, December 30, 2010

550 films to be preserved for the future generations


The US Library of Congress has announced the names of 25 motion pictures that will be added to the National Film Registry. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry, which began in 1989, to 550.

List of the films selected to The National Film Registry 1989-2009

Spanning the period 1891-1996, this year's titles were picked by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who culled them from suggestions by the National Film Preservation Board and the public. More than 2,100 films were nominated by the public in 2010.

According to the press release, the chosen films are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture." 

This year's titles include some of my favourites too. To name a few:
One of the first films made in America "Newark Athlete", a rare glimpse of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake "A Trip Down Market Street", the black independent film "Cry of Jazz", John Huston’s war documentary "Let There Be Light", which was banned by the War Department for 35 years, also included in the registry.

List of the films selected to The National Film Registry this year

The Packard Campus' climate controlled vaults. Image Credit: CreativeCow.net
About half the films produced before 1950 and 90 percent of those made before 1920 have been lost. Each title named to the registry is preserved by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. The Packard Campus is home to more than six million collection items, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings

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