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December 18, 1995

Librarian Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry. (See attached list.) This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 175.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the Registry, with each list designed to reflect the full breadth and diversity of America's film heritage, thus increasing public awareness of the richness of American cinema and the need for its preservation. The selections this year range from renowned Hollywood classics The Band Wagon, North by Northwest) to landmark silent films (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Last of the Mohicans), from films made before 1900 (Blacksmith Scene, Rip Van Winkle) to recent innovative independent works (El Norte, Chan is Missing).

The Librarian chose this year's titles after reviewing approximately 1,100 films nominated by the public, and discussions with the distinguished members and alternates of his advisory body, the National Film Preservation Board, whom the Librarian consults both on Registry film selection and national film preservation policy. Noting that this "is not Academy Awards night" or "The Kennedy Center Honors," Dr. Billington stressed that "the films we choose are not necessarily the "best" American films ever made nor the most famous. But they are films that continue to have enduring cultural, historical or aesthetic significance."

Thanks to funding from several private sources, a program of 37 previously chosen National Film Registry selections is presently touring the nation with upcoming stops planned for Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Salt Lake City, among other cities. Audiences in Madison, WI, Omaha, NE, and Lexington, KY have already received the Tour with enthusiastic appreciation.

For each title named to the Registry, The Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time, either through the Library's own ongoing massive motion picture preservation program at Dayton, OH, or via collaborative ventures with other archives, motion picture studios, and independent filmmakers. The Library of Congress contains one of the largest collections of film and television in the world, from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture to the latest feature releases.


  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • The Band Wagon (1953)
  • Blacksmith Scene (1893)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • Chan is Missing (1982)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • El Norte (1983)
  • Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915)
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  • Fury (1936)
  • Gerald McBoing Boing (1951)
  • The Hospital (1971)
  • Jammin' the Blues (1944)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
  • Manhatta (1921)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Rip Van Winkle (1896)
  • Seventh Heaven (1927)
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • To Fly (1976)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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PR 95-173
ISSN 0731-3527

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