The Library of Congress was established in 1800. Initially, it was conceived as a resource for members of Congress only. However, over time, its contents became available to officials of the government, and, occasionally, the public. It has become the world’s largest library. It contains approximately 20 million books, plus many other items (eg, maps, photographs, films, manuscripts, etc.) bringing its total contents to over 103 million items.
Among its collections, the Library has a gathering of films “showcasing the range and diversity of American film history.” Each year, beginning in 1989, it selects 25 films for its collection. Each film must be “at least 10 years old and culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” At a website (www.loc.gov), it lists the films already selected to its registry, others that may be chosen in the future, and the procedure to nominate future selections. Along with these contents, film essays, etc., there is a great deal of enjoyable reading for film lovers.
The Library’s initial 25 choices for its collection included: The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Crowd, Dr. Strangelove, The General, Gone With The Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, High Noon, Intolerance, The Learning Tree, The Maltese Falcon, Modern Times, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Nanook of the North, On the Waterfront, The Searchers, Singin’ in the Rain, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Some Like It Hot, Star Wars, Sunrise, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, and The Wizard of Oz.
Also, at the LOC’s website is “The 2018 National Film Registry Nomination Form.” Perhaps you could offer your suggestions?
PS = I know you recognize the films I pictured here. No need to give their titles, right?