Friday 15 December 2017

Film Preservation - How the American Library of Congress keeps the public informed

David Itzkoff reports in the New York Times how the Americans go about putting film preservation front and centre in the public mind. 

His article includes the following paras:
“As part of its annual tradition, the library (of Congress) plans to announce on Wednesday that it has selected 25 more movies in recognition of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance. The list includes Richard Donner’s “Superman” (1978), starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, and James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster “Titanic” (1997). This year’s crop also includes Stanley Kubrick’s historical epic “Spartacus” (1960), starring Kirk Douglas as the title character; the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls” (1997), about the 1963 firebombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; and “Dumbo” (1941), the Walt Disney animated feature about the flying elephant.

The library said in a news release that it had chosen these films after conferring with members of the National Film Preservation Board and other experts, and considering some 5,200 nominations submitted by the public. Other films chosen this year include Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole”(1951), also starring Mr. Douglas; “Die Hard” (1988), the Bruce Willis action thriller; Elia Kazan’s “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), which starred Gregory Peck and won the Oscar for best picture; and “Field of Dreams”(1989), the baseball fantasy starring Kevin Costner.

You can find the full list  for 2017, and read the whole article, if you click here

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