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From the Film Registry: “Disneyland Dream” (1956)

For the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it is not just big studio blockbusters and learned documentaries that populate its esteemed list.  Any type of film–as long as it has had a profound artistic or cultural or historical impact on the nation–is open to being added.  A case in point:  even a home movie.  […]

From the Film Registry: “Tulips Shall Grow” (1942)

Not surprisingly, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry is well populated with animated works.  Along with such vintage Disney classics as “Snow White” and more recent Disney classics like “Beauty & the Beast,” the work of other legendary animators (working in both long and short forms) are recognized.  Additionally, while many of the animated […]

On the Film Registry: “Castro Street” (1966)

In 1992, Bruce Baillie’s film “Castro Street” (subtitled:  “The Coming of Consciousness”) was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  As it turns 55 years old, film professor Scott MacDonald looks back at the impressionistic, non-narrative documentary that is, now over half a century on, still as evocative as ever. For Bruce Baillie, […]

From the Film Registry: “It Happened One Night” (1934)

In our ongoing series of looking at–and analyzing–films from the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, here scholar Ian Scott looks at one of the classiest of classics, “It Happened One Night.” Film scholar Charles Maland reminds us that, “Frank Capra was an auteur long before the auteur theory” ever existed. And it was true […]

Ned Beatty Remembered: A Look at “Network”

This past Sunday, the great character actor Ned Beatty passed away at the age of 83.  Over the years, several of Mr. Beatty’s films have been named to the Library’s National Film Registry including “Deliverance” (1972), “Nashville” (1975), “Network” (1976)  and “Superman” (1978).  His role in 1976’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing indictment of […]

“Being There”: National Film Registry #27

The countdown to the newest titles to be added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry continues.  Those films will be disclosed on December 12th. Back in 2015, the Library named the film “Being There,” starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine to its Registry.  “Being There” is beloved for many things, including Sellers’s quiet […]

“Felicia”: National Film Registry #26

Next Wednesday, the Library announces its newest titles to the Registry.  But, first, we look back at 2014…. In 2014, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress added to its esteemed list the short documentary film, “Felicia,” about the life of a teenage girl, named Felicia Bragg, growing up in the Watts section of Los Angeles. […]