Congress first established the National Film Registry in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, and most recently extended the Registry with passage of the Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2008 (PL110-336). 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. New selections are usually announced at the end of December.
The 625 films chosen to date illustrate the vibrant diversity of American film-making, and range from well-known Hollywood classics (Casablanca, Forrest Gump, Mary Poppins, The Magnificent Seven, Pulp Fiction, The Quiet Man, and Silence of the Lambs) to landmark independent, documentary and avant-garde masterpieces (Bless Their Little Hearts, Decasia, The Lunch Date and The Times of Harvey Milk).
For consideration, please forward recommendations (limit 50 titles per year) via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Louise Brooks Society suggests that you recommend these Louise Brooks films (and others):
The Street of Forgotten Men (1925)
The Show Off (1926)
Love Em and Leave Em (1926)
Beggars of Life (1928)
Looking for ideas on possible films to nominate? Check here for hundreds of titles not yet selected to the National Film Registry. Please include the date of the film nominated, and number your recommendations, please. And if you would, please tell how you learned of the Registry.
Email is preferred; to submit via regular mail, send your nominations to:
National Film Registry
Library of Congress
Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation
19053 Mt. Pony Road
Culpeper, VA 22701
Attn: Donna Ross