Top of page

Category: Film

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

A Spoonful of Serendipity

Posted by: Erin Allen

 (The following is a guest post from Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.) The Library of Congress’s collection of television programs is broad and deep, consistently revealing some rather unexpected finds. A recent case in point: in the course of selecting two-inch Quadruplex tapes …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Calling Mr. Wolfe

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Quick: what do the movies “Mary Poppins” and “Pulp Fiction” have in common? Well, yes, they’re both motion pictures.  But now, both are listed on the Library of Congress National Film Registry, a collection of films – 25 are added each year – deemed worthy of preservation due to their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

The Reward of Courage

Posted by: Erin Allen

Picture this: The battle of good versus evil set against the backdrop of early 19th century America, where the coming together of two young lovers is threatened by the mistaken belief of an inheritable disease that would afflict their future children. Charlatans who promise quack cures in place of scientific medicine are pitted against the …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Hollywood Mermaid

Posted by: Erin Allen

You know the old saying, “they don’t make them like they used to” – which is perhaps why I’ve always been a fan of classic movies. I’m more prone to get excited about one of them on the television than brand-new ones at the movie theater. The passing of a beloved actress, who I grew …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Rising Up Out of the Myths

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

It’s the year 1933.  There’s a 13-year-old kid in the front row at the movie palace.  He’s watching “King Kong,” completely transfixed. And there, in the flickering light of the screen, in the roar of the soundtrack, a famous career is born – as a youngster named Ray, already obsessed with dinosaurs, tells himself “Wow.  …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Duke Ellington’s Film Debut

Posted by: Erin Allen

(The following is a guest post from Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.) One of the great joys of working with the Library of Congress film and video collections is learning more about our holdings from the astonishing variety of researchers the Moving Image …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

A League of Their Own

Posted by: Erin Allen

The other day at roller derby practice, the subject of women and baseball came up. Okay, to be fair, my teammates may have just been quoting lines from the movie “A League of Their Own,” which was recently inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. But, nonetheless, with baseball season upon us, it’s …