‘The Dark Knight’ Has Been Added To The National Film Registry

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Have you ever been looking up a movie on Wikipedia, and when you got to the bottom of the introductory section, found that the movie has been added to the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”? Well, The Dark Knight is now one of those movies, as the 2008 Christopher Nolan masterpiece is one of this year’s additions to the National Film Registry.

According to Deadline, in addition to The Dark Knight, films such as The Blues Brothers, Sherk, The Hurt Locker, and more have been added to the registry.

The list also notably shines a spotlight this year on diverse stories and filmmakers including Wayne Wang’s 1993 The Joy Luck Club; 1963’s Lilies Of The Field, for which Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Actor; Melvin Van Peebles’ 1971 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song; 2010 documentary Freedom Riders; and 1982’s Losing Ground from Kathleen Collins.

Librarian of Congress Carla 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.” [via Deadline]

Nolan, who spent most of last week burying Warner Bros. — the studio who gave him the keys to Batman. — in the press, released a statement saying: “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.”

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