Library of Congress announces 2013 National Film Registry selections

December 18, 2013 7:45 AM

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To that end, the 2013 honorees include three early works from the silent era: “A Virtuous Vamp” (1919), “Daughter of Dawn” (1920), and the proto-feminist Cinderella tale “Ella Cinders” (1926). The inclusion of these titles will come as particularly good news to fans of silent cinema, many of whom were no doubt alarmed this month to learn, through a report issued by the Library of Congress, that as many as three-quarters of all silent films made through the 1920s have been lost or utterly damaged.

The most modern film yet accepted into the Registry, which is restricted to works at least 10 years old, is “Decasia,” a 2002 experimental collage piece by New York artist Bill Morrison. Ironically, it was assembled from deteriorating film footage, some of which Morrison says he found at — wait for ...

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