Congress first established the National Film Registry in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, and most recently extended the Registry with passage of the National Film Preservation Act of 2005 (part of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, Public Law 109-9). Along with mandating continuing implementation of a plan to save the American film heritage, this law authorizes the Librarian of Congress (after reviewing public suggestions and consulting extensively with film experts and the 44 members and alternates of the National Film Preservation Board) to select up to 25 films each year for inclusion in the Registry.
The 425 films chosen during the first seventeen years illustrate the vibrant diversity of American film-making, and range from well-known classics (Casablanca, The General, Sunrise, and A Night at the Opera) to landmark independent, documentary and avant-garde masterpieces (Nothing But a Man, Louisiana Story, and Meshes of the Afternoon). More information can be found at: http://www.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html
To be considered for the 2006 National Film Registry, votes should be submitted on or before September 1, 2006. For consideration, please forward recommendations (limit 50 titles per year) via email to: s...@loc.gov. Email is strongly preferred given security issues on Capitol Hill and resulting extensive delays in postal delivery. To submit via regular mail:
National Film Registry
Attn: Steve Leggett
Library of Congress, MBRS Division
Washington, D.C. 20540
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