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The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has just announced it's list of inductees for 2015. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Library's collection can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

Circumstances propel a feeble-minded gardener, whose entire knowledge of life comes from watching television, into becoming adviser to a powerful but dying tycoon. Starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.

Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland. This film made in January 1894 by W.K.L. Dickson, is also known as "Fred Ott's Sneeze" or simply "The Sneeze" and is one of the earliest film recordings,  as well as  the oldest surviving copyrighted motion picture.

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