Program Details

Presenting Films From the National Film Preservation Board: The Best of the Best

Kurt F. Stone
Movies / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

In 1988, Congress passed the National Film Preservation Act. Its mission is to select 25 American-made films each year, thus ensuring the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's film heritage. Over the past 34 years, more than 800 films have been put on the national registry. These films consist of films going all the way back to 1903 and represent virtually every possible genre. In this series, we will watch four films that have merited preservation. Some are well-known; others are all but anonymous. What they all have in common is possession of that "certain something" that turns some celluloid entertainment into works of art.


  1. "Sunrise": produced in 1927 . . . this film was included in the very first class.
  2. "Broken Blossoms": produced in 1919, part of the class of 1996
  3. "The Power and the Glory": produced in 1933, part of the class of 2014
  4. "The Naked City": produced in 1948, part of the class of 2007

About the Instructor

  • Now in his 25th year with Lifelong Learning Dr. Stone is a true "Hollywood Brat. His passion for film is, he says, "a matter of genetics."

    Recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award