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National Film Registry: “All My Babies” (1953)

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

  Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) sets a theme for February’s Black History Month, and this year, they’ve chosen the impact and importance of Black Health and Wellness. According to their website, “this theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in …

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Need a Scare? Frightening Films from the National Film Registry

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

 As we head into Halloween weekend, there is nothing better than sorting your candy stash and watching classic Halloween movies. Get your popcorn balls and candy apples ready because we are presenting (in no particular order) some of the Library of Congress National Film Registry’s scary and not-so-scary Halloween films. Movies inducted into the National …

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From the National Film Registry: Home Movie Day

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

Today, we honor National Home Movie Day by not only highlighting the importance of home movies as historical and cultural documents, but also as a personal reflection that we are often more alike than different. At least four home amateur films are in the National Film Registry and many more can be viewed in the …

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From the Film Registry: “Hospital” (1970)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

Frederick Wiseman’s powerful documentary “Hospital,” added to the Library’s National Registry in 1994, is recalled here by film professor Barry Keith Grant. Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has said that he is interested in how the institutions he films are “cultural spoors” that reflect the larger cultural hues,” and “Hospital,” his fourth documentary, is a perfect example …

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From the Film Registry: “Duck Amuck” (1953)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

One of the cartoon world’s greatest and most timeless achievements, “Duck Amuck” (as well as “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera, Doc?”) is recalled by Craig Kausen, grandson of the film’s animator Chuck Jones.  “Duck” was added to the Library’s National Film Registry in 1999.   When people ask what it was like growing up …

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From the Film Registry: “All the President’s Men” (1976)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

Forty-seven years ago today, President Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in the wake of the Watergate scandal.  A story worth retelling and exploring, Hollywood of course took it on in 1976’s seminal journalism film, “All the President’s Men.”  “Men” was added to the Library’s National Film Registry in 2010.  Below, film reviewer Mike Canning looks …