The National Film Registry, which turns 30 this year, has announced its annual selection of 25 inductees to the Library of Congress. These films, chosen to be preserved for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance, include Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining, which he co-wrote and directed, is iconic for Kubrick's distinct visual style and images. The film tells the story of aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance, who accepts a position as an off-season caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies, where supernatural forces erode his sanity and put his family in terrifying danger. Despite a lukewarm reception from critics and at the box office, The Shining is currently considered one of the greatest horror films ever made.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park, which the author helped adapt for the big screen, was a commercial success that not only spawned a successful film franchise but is considered a landmark in computer generated imagery and animatronic visual effects. The film tells the story of philanthropist John Hammond and his company InGen, which attempted to create a wildlife/theme park featuring genetically re-created dinosaurs on a remote island. The film is considered by many to be one of the greatest blockbusters of all time and its success earned multiple awards and recognition.
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress names 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant to the National Film Registry each year. The films must be at least 10 years old.
The Librarian makes the annual registry selections after conferring with the members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) and a cadre of Library specialists. Also considered were more than 6,300 titles nominated by the public. Nominations for next year will be accepted through the fall.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.