January 17, 1989 |
Motion Picture Assn. of America President Jack Valenti and a dozen other entertainment industry figures have been named to a new National Film Preservation Board. Created by Congress last year, the group each year will recommend to the Librarian of Congress as many as 25 "culturally significant" films for inclusion in the National Film Registry. The group can also demand that disclaimers be made if films have been colorized or "materially altered."
September 20, 1989 |
Fifty years after first setting foot in town, Mr. Smith has come to Washington again. The 1939 film classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" was among 25 movies cited Tuesday as American movie treasures by the Library of Congress. The move was designed to bring attention to the fragility of the medium and spur wider efforts to protect its finest exemplars. The proposal to designate certain films as "national treasures" grew out of the controversy over colorizing black-and-white films.
September 21, 1989 |
Despite its lofty name, despite all the proclamations to the contrary, the National Film Preservation Board that Congress created last year is not about film preservation. At least not yet. The board's greatest claim to fame is its role in choosing 25 films annually over the next three years to be designated as "national treasures." What does this mean? Not much.
September 26, 1991 |
A total of 25 movies, from David Lean's 1962 spectacular, "Lawrence of Arabia," to an obscure 1915 silent film titled "The Italian," were added Wednesday to the Library of Congress' registry of film classics deemed worthy of preservation. "We are not in the Oscar nomination business," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The films we choose are not necessarily the 'best' American films of any kind ever made.
April 30, 1989 |
DESPITE STAR-STUDDED lobbying efforts and an avalanche of publicity, little progress has been made to prevent Ted Turner and others from converting black-and-white films to color. After Woody Allen, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers and others went to Washington to try to protect their movies from the colorizers' box of paints, Congress took limited action last year. It created a National Film Preservation Board to designate as many as 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" movies each year.
July 21, 1989 |
Congress' decision last year to create a film preservation board failed to dampen Hollywood's internal brawls over colorizing black-and-white movies. Now those emotional battles have spilled onto the board itself. At this week's meeting of the 7-month-old National Film Preservation Board, Jack Valenti, president of the powerful Motion Picture Assn. of America, continued his fight against the creation of the board--even though he was appointed as one of its 13 members.