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Librarian of Congress Announces 2007 Film Registry - The Library Today
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December 27, 2007  Librarian of Congress Announces National Film Registry
Selections for 2007

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 motion pictures—
classics from every era of American filmmaking—to the National Film Registry
of the Library of Congress, including "Bullitt," "Close Encounters of the
Third Kind," Grand Hotel," "Oklahoma!" and "12 Angry Men."

The selections were made as part of a program aimed at preserving the
nation's movie heritage. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation
Act of 1992, each year the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the
National Film Preservation Board, names 25 films to the National Film
Registry to be preserved for all time. The films are chosen because they are
"culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. This year's
selections bring to 475 the number of motion pictures in the registry.

"Even as Americans fill the movie theaters to see the latest releases, few
are aware that up to half the films produced in this country before 1950—and
as much as 90 percent of those made before 1920—are lost forever," said
Billington. "The National Film Registry seeks not only to honor these films,
but to ensure that they are preserved for future generations to enjoy."

With the passage of decades, more and more films are vanishing due to
deterioration of the nitrate stock on which older films were shot, or to the
more recently discovered "vinegar syndrome," which threatens the
acetate-based stock on which most motion pictures were reproduced.

Each year, hundreds of titles are nominated by the public, the National Film
Preservation Board and the Library's Motion Picture Division staff to be on
the list of National Registry films.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, Congress established
the National Film Registry in 1989 and reauthorized the program in April
2005 when it passed the "Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005"
(Public Law 109-9).

"This legislation signifies great congressional interest in ensuring that
motion pictures survive as an art form and a record of our times,"
Billington said.

Among other provisions, the law reauthorized the National Film Preservation
Board, mandated that the Librarian and Board update the national film
preservation plan (published in the mid-1990s) as needed, increased funding
authorizations for the private sector National Film Preservation Foundation,
and amended Section 108(h) of U.S. Copyright Law, which enables libraries
and archives to make works in their final 20 years of copyright protection
accessible for research and education if the works are not already
commercially available.

For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress works to
ensure that the film is preserved for future generations, either through the
Library's massive motion- picture preservation program or through
collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and
independent filmmakers.

In July 2007, the Library of Congress opened its new Packard Campus of the
National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, which will dramatically expand
the Library's preservation capacity. This facility was made possible through
the generosity of David Woodley Packard, through the Packard Humanities
Institute. "The National Audiovisual Conservation Center represents an
ideal, a bold statement that we as a people have declared this part of our
cultural heritage worth saving for posterity," said Billington. "The great
generosity of David Woodley Packard, through the Packard Humanities
Institute, is a prime example of the public-private partnership the Library
encourages to gain the resources needed for the work we do. The Library of
Congress Packard Campus is not only a remarkable gift to the American
people, but also an enduring promise that our nation's creative patrimony
will be preserved for today and tomorrow."

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal
cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge. It
seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to
knowledge through its magnificent collections of books, manuscripts, films
and art objects from all over the globe. Explore the Library's award-winning
Web site at

*Films Selected for the 2007 National Film Registry*

   - Back to the Future (1985)
   - Bullitt (1968)
   - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
   - Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
   - Dances With Wolves (1990)
   - Days of Heaven (1978)
   - Glimpse of the Garden (1957)
   - Grand Hotel (1932)
   - The House I Live In (1945)
   - In a Lonely Place (1950)
   - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
   - Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
   - The Naked City (1948)
   - Now, Voyager (1942)
   - Oklahoma! (1955)
   - Our Day (1938)
   - Peege (1972)
   - The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)
   - The Strong Man (1926)
   - Three Little Pigs (1933)
   - Tol'able David (1921)
   - Tom, Tom the Piper's Son (1969-71)
   - 12 Angry Men (1957)
   - The Women (1939)
   - Wuthering Heights (1939)

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