Today’s PSA: Film Preservation

Just think about the following facts:

Over 80% of all silent films are lost FOREVER;

Nearly half of all the films ever made (up to and including the present day) are lost FOREVER.

Film is not only a wonderful form of entertainment and amusement for us all, but it is an indelible marker of our culture and society, too. It is a legacy that we leave for future generations to understand who we were and where we were, frozen for that particular moment in time.

Please take a moment to look at this short video about the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

The Center, located in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, comprises two buildings on a 38-acre estate. This includes a 7,900-square-foot facility for the Museum’s holdings of 5,000 fragile nitrate films, dating from 1894 to 1951; and a much larger 28,000-square-foot main building that houses some 9,000 titles on acetate-based “safety stock.”


To find out more about film preservation in general, please check out these resources:

National Film Preservation Foundation

National Film Preservation Board (Library of Congress)

Women’s Film Preservation Fund

The Film Foundation

Film Preservation in the Digital Age (article)



  1. Great post and a truly worthy subject. Well done.
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  2. Thanks! I was watching the piece from MoMA and it made me think that so much more should be done regarding word of mouth. At one point in my life I actually wanted to be a film preservationist/archivist 🙂 May very well pick it up at some point!

  3. Those are some crazy stats. I’ll have to look into how the UK’s BFI archive their films. I’m curious now.
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  4. Oh my, that stats is heartbreaking. Great post on a very important subject, Iba.
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  5. It’s very important work. Don’t know if you have, but you should check out the documentary “These Amazing Shadows”, which also deals with the subject (you can find my review of it here
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