The Library of Congress has released a report on the status of American silent films. It reveals that over 70% of the nearly 11,000 films released between 1912 to 1929 have been lost, while many remaining films are available only as incomplete or low quality copies. Silent films represent an important artistic legacy documenting the growth and development of one of the most important mediums of the modern era.
Many silent films are in the public domain and are available online at sites such as the Internet Archive. The library's Sights and Sounds section owns many silent films on DVD, Blu-Ray and videotape.