National Film Registry

Each year the Library of Congress chooses 25 films to the National Film Registry. These films are preserved for posterity because of their “cultural, aesthetic or historic value.”

The most recent choices include classic films, documentaries, animation and experimental motion pictures. Syosset library owns a number of these honored films: Bambi (1942), Forrest Gump (1994), Hester Street (1995), The Kid (Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 classic), Norma Rae (1979), War of the Worlds (1953) and Stand and Deliver (1991).

This year the public nominated more than 2200 films!  These nominated films were reviewed by the film curators of the Library and the members of the NFPB and the final 25 were chosen.

You can check the list of all the films that have been named to the National Film registry since 1989. The list is searchable by title, release year and year added to the registry. You can also check the names of personnel involved with the films. Intrigued? You can get involved in the selection of films for the 2012 registry by nominating up to 50 titles by email or regular mail.

The films must be at least 10 years old. Can’t think of a title?  Here’s a list of well known but not yet selected films  to help you get started.

How could they have skipped Return of the Jedi?

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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