Luna6ix wrote:while i applaud the idea and wish you the best of luck, i'm not sure if i'm understanding where you're coming from. the majority of americans these days avoid subtitles like they're the plague, and those are the same people who are completely oblivious to the fact that at one point there was no color in films, much less intentionally watching something in black and white. i'd completely understand the concept if you were trying to do this in a liberal community where you have a large audience, but a small town in wisconsin? once again, i really like the idea and think more libraries should do this, but the criticker forums regulars are hardly the average film goers. i guess my question is: who would watch them, and why bother?
The people you're talking about don't go to libraries, and stuffing the shelves with Hollywood blockbusters will have zero effect on that. Possible exception for kids' films.
One source to consider, is if you have any local colleges with film courses, see if they have any syllabi posted online. Of course you'll need to use your discretion.
If your dollar budget allows it, I would also give preference to Criterion editions (or other releases of similar quality). The supplementary materials & commentary on the Criterions are valuable for people with an interest in film, and they're often not available from streaming services / rental outfits.
As for Kurosawa, if you can only pick two, I'd say they should definitely be 1) Seven Samurai and 2) either Ran or Rashomon.