‘Death’ set for preservation

NFPF grants money to help 33 archives

WASHINGTON — The National Film Preservation Foundation announced Monday that it will give new life to “Stronger than Death,” a film featuring silent star Alla Nazimova.

Pic is among 65 “orphan” films that have made the final cut for NFPF’s biannual grant program. The money will help 33 archives at universities, public libraries and museums across the country care for films that private companies have not preserved on their own.

Other historically important films receiving grants include an early docu on the workings of an American hospital made by John Hopkins in 1932, color footage of Admiral Byrd’s 1939 Antarctica expedition, Norman Bel Geddes’ documentary on his stage production of “Hamlet” and several avant-garde works by Nathaniel Dorsky, Jules Engel and Larry Jordan.

Grant money also went to save footage of the opening-day perfs at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in 1961; “Radar Indicators,” a film introducing then-secret technology to World War II servicemen; and 1958 interviews with Minnesota authors on how the Midwest shaped their work.

The NFPF distributes a total of $250,000 in grants annually, usually in two cycles each year.

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