LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year’s inductees into the National Film Registry include a record number of female directors and filmmakers of color as well as a new crop of movies ranging from a silent short film thriller, classic musicals and an acclaimed Batman film.
The national library said this year’s selections include a record nine films directed by women and filmmakers of color.
The library has selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artist importance since the registry began in 1988.
This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 800.
Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Batman film “The Dark Knight” was a blockbuster and the top public vote-getter.