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National Film Registry Offers Select Films Online

12 Dec, 2017 By: John Latchem



The Library of Congress has made available for online viewing and download 64 public domain films that are part of the National Film Registry, a list of historically significant films marked for preservation.

The 64 films, dubbed “Selections from the National Film Registry,” are available at loc.gov/collections/selections-from-the-national-film-registry/about-this-collection/ and youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpAGnumt6iV4zCl3zeB75j6eKEPmDBSYC.

“We are especially pleased to make high-resolution ProRes 422.mov files freely available for download for practically every title in this digital collection,” said curator Mike Mashon, head of the Library’s Moving Image Section. “We think these films will be of particular educational and scholarly benefit as well as for reuse by the creative community.”

Highlights from “Selections from the National Film Registry” include: William Wyler's Memphis Belle (1944); Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953); documentary Trance and Dance in Bali (1936-39)—Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson’s groundbreaking ethnographic documentary; Puerto Rico's Modesta (1956); the cartoon Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936); Master Hands (1936), shot on a General Motors automotive assembly line; Frank Sinatra in The House I Live In (1945); and Cold War curio Duck and Cover (1951), featuring Bert the Turtle explaining to schoolchildren how best to survive a nuclear attack.


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