DUCK AND COVER 2004 National Film Registry Campaign

CONELRAD announced today an international campaign to rally support for the inclusion of the 1952 Civil Defense short film classic DUCK AND COVER as one of the 25 movies selected this year by the Librarian of Congress for permanent preservation. The US Congress first established the National Film Registry in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act. and since 1989, the Librarian of Congress has selected 375 films for preservation including CASABLANCA, ALL ABOUT EVE, PATTON and the 1963 Zapruder film of President Kennedy's assassination.

CONELRAD believes that DUCK AND COVER deserves inclusion in the Registry because it falls well within the criteria as put forth by the Library of Congress: Specifically, it is (well) over ten years old and it is a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" work. In fact, it is ALL of these things and more. Beyond the nominal criteria, DUCK AND COVER is also one of the most famous educational films ever made. The movie's title alone has come to be used as universal short-hand for the Cold War. Images and clips from the film have been used for decades to evoke the era of the 1950's. In the post-9/11 world the phrase "Duck and Cover" has been resurrected for a whole new age of paranoia.

Because the Library of Congress considers, among other factors, the popularity of the titles it inducts into the Registry, CONELRAD is asking the public for help in buttressing its official nomination with additional letters and e-mails requesting that DUCK AND COVER be among the 25 films chosen in 2004. The deadline for receipt of these supporting nominations is March 30th. The announcement of selected films will occur in December.

Learn more about the Duck and Cover National Film Registry campaign.

Download the Duck and Cover campaign press release. [PDF 62K]

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