Thursday, July 6, 2006

National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington seeks nominations for the  2006 National Film Registry. To be eligible for the Registry, a film  must be at least 10 years old and be "culturally, historically, or  aesthetically significant." The number of public votes a film receives is a significant factor weighed by the Librarian and members of the National Film Preservation Board during the selection process.

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 (CasablancaThe GeneralSunrise, and A Night at the Opera)  to landmark independent, documentary and avant-garde masterpieces  (Nothing But a ManLouisiana 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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I am going to recommend Beggars of Life and The Show Off.

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