Saturday, January 2, 2016

National Film Registry - 2015 movie selections

Remember we watched the trailer for "These Amazing Shadows," and some clips from the documentary about how the National Film Registry of the United States is trying to save important movies?

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Every December, the Library of Congress announces 25 more notable movies that will be preserved by the National Film Registry.  I'm thrilled that this year several are favorites I recommended to you in class!

2015 National Film Registry Selections

Be sure to rent L.A. Confidential, The Shawshank Redemption, and Ghostbusters. They are wonderful!

Douglas Fairbanks' The Mark of Zorro (1920) is free on Youtube. Remember we talked about his swashbuckling action films, his best friends relationship with Charlie Chaplin, his marriage to Mary Pickford and their company UA Artists.  :)

There's an amazing Spanish-language version of Dracula (1931) that technically should be in public domain, free on the internet...but I can't find it! Post in the comments section if you know where it is. The only place I've seen it is on DVD Disc One of this set for sale on Amazon.

Spanish-version Dracula was shot at night by director George Melford using the same sets as the English version that was shot during the day by Tod Browning. Here's some info about this unique moment in film history: <iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Here is the famous English-language version starring Bela Lugosi, available for free on the Internet: Dracula (1931)

And one of Edison's early silent documentaries has been preserved. Usually called Frank Ott's Sneeze", the official title of this 1894 short is "Record of a Sneeze."

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