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This is a list of films that certain cited sources believe are in the public domain in the United States . Being in the public domain refers to cinematic, dramatic, literary, musical and artistic works that no government , organization , or individual owns, and as such is common property. [ 1 ] Note: Films in this list may incorporate elements from other works that are still under copyright, even though the film itself is out of copyright. [ edit ] Copyrightable elements of a film There is no official list of films (or other works) in the public domain.
The realm of Soviet cinema is woefully underrepresented here on Listverse, and is in general not as well known as Italian or French cinema. The Soviet Central Government primarily viewed film as a way to control the masses, and employed censors to make sure films adhered to party policies of social realism. That being said, many directors risked severe punishment in order to produce films that might not fit with official party lines, but were important nevertheless. I have only highlighted one film per director, but where possible I have included their other notable works.
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