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The American Film Institute

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The American Film Institute is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. The American Film Institute focuses on training through hands-on experience with established figures, as well as on preserving old film, which is subject to degradation of its film stock. In spite of its name, AFI does not focus exclusively on film, but also on television and video.

In 1973, the AFI established a Life Achievement Award.

In 1998, the 100th aniversary of American film, AFI began its 100 Years Series, celebrating and promoting interest in film history. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute [Oct 2004]

100 Years...100 Movies

The following is a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies as compiled by the American Film Institute.

The Complete List:

"This is an exciting moment in American film history," said AFI Director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg. "As the end of this century approaches and we reflect on its defining achievements, among the most powerful and successful is, without question, the motion picture. Through the collective judgment of leaders from across the American film community, from both in front of and behind the camera, AFI has identified 100 movies which set the standard and mark the excellence of the first century of American cinema. Movies are an intensely personal experience, and it's certain that this list will generate a broad range of opinion and discussion. AFI welcomes this dialogue and hopes to achieve an increased regard, respect and appreciation for this great American art form." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute [Oct 2004]

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