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Director Philip Kaufman Has No Films in National Film Registry: Submit Faves to Film Registration Board by September 15

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2012 at 2:11PM

Believe it or not, you can nominate films to the Film Registration Board for preservation in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry; they actually pay attention. Shockingly, Philip Kaufman is among the filmmakers with no films on the list.
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Kate Winslet and Philip Kaufman on "Quills"
Kate Winslet and Philip Kaufman on "Quills"

Believe it or not, you can nominate films to the Film Registration Board for preservation in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry; they actually pay attention.

Shockingly, Philip Kaufman is among the filmmakers with no films on the list (that he directed--as a writer he is represented by "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"). Apparently, "it is not unusual for it to take many years of Film Board discussion before a title is added to the Registry, if ever," according to one Library of Congress source.

The good news: we can all lobby to nominate worthy films for the voting board to consider.  According to Kaufman biographer Annette Insdorf, the Kaufman film with the best shot is likely "The Right Stuff," followed by "The Unbearable Lightness of Being."

There is a process. Write before the September 15 deadline to the Board (which will vote in October or November) c/o Donna Ross, Assistant to The National Film Preservation Board, The Library of Congress: dross@loc.gov.

More on the NFR is here.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.