Monday, December 14th, 2020
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This is from loc.gov
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America's most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These
films range from the innovative silent film "Suspense," which was co-directed by a woman in 1913, and Sidney Poitier's Oscar-winning performance in 1963's "Lilies of the Field" to the 1978 mega-hit musical
"Grease," 1980's musical comedy "The Blues Brothers," and one of the biggest public vote getters, Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman film "The Dark Knight."
"This is not only a great honor for all of us who worked
on The Dark Knight, this is also a tribute to all of the amazing artists and writers who have worked on the great mythology of Batman over the decades," said Nolan, director of "The Dark Knight."
Selected because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to the nation's film heritage, the 2020 titles include blockbusters, musicals, silent films, documentaries and diverse stories
transferred from books to screen. They bring the number of films selected for preservation in the registry to 800, a fraction of the 1.3 million films in the Library's collections.
This year's selections include a record number of films directed by women and filmmakers of color, including 10 directed by women and seven by people of color.
"The National Film Registry is an important record of American history, culture and creativity, captured through one of the great American artforms, our cinematic experience," Hayden said. "With the
inclusion of diverse filmmakers, we are not trying to set records but rather to set the record straight by spotlighting the astonishing contributions women and people of color have made to American cinema,
despite facing often-overwhelming hurdles."
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will host a television special Tuesday, Dec. 15, starting at 8 p.m. ET to screen a selection of motion pictures named to the registry this year. Hayden will join TCM host and