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Preserved Films

Bayshore Round-Up (1920)

Film showing the Bayshore Amusement Park in its heyday, preserved by the Maryland Historical Society with NFPF support.

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Films are not truly preserved until they can be seen again by the public—for study, education, and enjoyment. All organizations receiving NFPF support make their films available for research. Many also exhibit them in their own theater or displays, via loans and commercial bookings, through video releases and broadcasts, and on the Internet. It is access that completes the preservation process. With this in mind, the NFPF is proud to present selected films made available through our programs.

Please enjoy our curated programs below, click here to browse and search all of the films viewable on our website, or click here for a list of more than 100 additional films available for viewing outside of the NFPF website.

Lost and Found: Mercury Theatre Films

Lost for decades, the movies planned by Orson Welles for the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 revival of Too Much Johnson, by William Gillette, resurfaced in Italy and were preserved through an NFPF grant to George Eastman House, with the Cineteca del Friuli and Cinemazero. Presented here are the work print along with a “reimagining” of how the films might have been put together.

Lost and Found: New Zealand

Thanks to a collaboration involving the New Zealand Film Archive, the NFPF, and the largest American nitrate archives, scores of “lost” American silent-era films are being returned to the big screen and shared with new audiences. Sample a selection here. More will be added to our site in the months ahead.

Lost and Found: Australia

Through a partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia begun in 2008, the NFPF helped preserve and make available American silent films that have been unseen in the United States for decades. Six are viewable here, including Mutt and Jeff: On Strike and a U.S. Navy documentary.

Saved Through the NFPF

Newsreels, industrial films, cartoons, films from the silent era, political ads, home movies, avant-garde works—more than 2,135 films have been preserved through the NFPF programs over the past 17 years. Here are examples saved by archives in Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, and North Carolina.

Treasures DVDs: Sponsored Films

Sponsored films are as old as film itself. From the earliest years of cinema, motion pictures have been produced to record, orient, train, sell, and persuade. Here is an entertaining assortment from our Treasures DVD series along with one film preserved through our grants program.