Contact: Caroline Frick, Library of Congress (202) 707-1671; Libby Crews Wood, Snake River Institute (307) 733-2214

April 25, 1997

National Film Registry Tour To Premiere Paramount Pictures' Newly Restored "Shane" at Twentieth Tour Stop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Washington, D.C., May 12, 1997 -- "Come back, Shane... Come back...." These words last echoed through the Grand Teton Valley of Jackson, Wyoming, in 1953 when director George Stevens and his cast concluded filming on what has become one of America's most enduring Westerns: "Shane." After 44 years, it will finally be back -- returning to the big screen in a newly restored condition.

The National Film Registry Tour will join forces with Wyoming's Snake River Institute and The Teton Theatre in Jackson Hole, May 23-29, to re-premiere this classic film. Through the courtesy of Paramount Pictures and George Stevens Jr., the premiere will be the highlight of the National Film Registry Tour's week-long stop in Jackson. The National Film Registry Tour showcases 26 feature films and 10 short subjects selected from the National Film Registry. The purpose is to celebrate American filmmaking while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve America's film heritage.

Nominated for six Academy Awards at the time of its release, "Shane's" original three strip Technicolor negatives had suffered shrinkage over the last 40 years, making it extremely difficult to restore. After painstakingly matching frames by eye, Paramount technicians retimed the film under the personal supervision of Mr. Stevens. A new soundtrack has also been made using the best available source materials. "Shane" was selected to the National Film Registry in 1993.

The Snake River Institute, co-host to the Wyoming Tour stop, is an arts and humanities education organization providing "learning adventures" for people of all ages throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Because the Institute strives to bring together and better understand the many cultures and communities of the American West, it was attracted to the classic Western titles of the Tour, including "The Searchers," " The Great Train Robbery" and "Shane." The Teton Theatre, the first movie house in Jackson and co-host to the Tour, will be the site of the Tour's screenings.

The National Film Registry was created in 1988. The Registry recognizes the richness of American filmmaking and the importance of preserving U.S. film heritage; each year 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant films are added to it. This list encompasses not only Hollywood feature films, but newsreels, industrial films and home movies.

The National Film Registry Tour serves to fulfill the commitment of the National Film Preservation Board and the Library of Congress to create public awareness of the important issue of film preservation by screening archival quality prints of Registry titles in communities across the United States. Audiences will see such wide ranging films as "The March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany -- 1938" and "Salt of the Earth" to "Ninotchka" and "Raging Bull." The Tour has played to enthusiastic audiences in nearly 20 cities thus far. The goal is to bring the Tour to at least one city in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The perilous state of America's film heritage was documented by the Library and the National Film Preservation Board in "Film Preservation 1993: A Study of the Current State of Film Preservation." More than half of the films made before 1951 are lost forever. Film is a fragile medium and motion pictures, both old and new, face deterioration problems. Only by storing films in low-temperature and low-humidity environments can the decay process be slowed. The majority of films do not receive this type of treatment and are in critical need of preservation. George Stevens Jr. and Paramount's restoration of "Shane" will exemplify what can be achieved when tremendous care is put into a quality restoration.

Funding for the Tour comes from the James Madison Council, the Library's private sector advisory board. The Film Foundation, a group of leading film directors committed to film preservation, and Turner Classic Movies have provided additional support. Motion picture studios have generously provided new prints of titles under their control. The preservation work of many organizations is represented, including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film and Television, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Because of its restoration, "Shane" is the highlight of the Wyoming Tour stop. Returning in grand fashion, a "Shane" float will be included in Jackson's Old West Days parade Saturday, May 24. Prior to the premiere screening on May 25, a reception will be held reuniting members of the cast and crew -- many of whom still reside in the Jackson Hole area. And the film, itself, will be shown again as it was originally intended to be seen -- back on the big screen.

NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY TOUR
(Program Subject to Change)

FEATURES

  • The Cheat
  • Chinatown
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Duck Soup
  • Gigi
  • High School
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • The Learning Tree
  • Letter From an Unknown Woman
  • My Darling Clementine
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Ninotchka
  • On the Waterfront
  • Out of the Past
  • Raging Bull
  • Safety Last
  • Salt of the Earth
  • The Searchers
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Shane
  • Sunrise
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Within Our Gates
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

SHORT SUBJECTS

  • The Battle of San Pietro
  • Big Business
  • Castro Street
  • Eaux d'Artifice
  • Gertie the Dinosaur
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany -- 1938
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • The River
  • What's Opera, Doc?

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PR 97-86
5/12/97
ISSN 0731-3527

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