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The National Film Registry (NFR) is the United States National Film Preservation Board’s (NFPB) selection of films that are believed to be deserving of preservation.
The NFPB, established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, was reauthorized by acts of Congress in 1992, 1996, 2005, and again in October 2008. This year film such as “The Dark Knight,” “Shrek,” “Grease,” “The Blues Brothers,”
“Lillies of the Field,” “The Hurt Locker,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Man With the Golden Arm” are all added there. It’s the second time a superhero movie after “Superman” (1979) gets noticed.
Christopher Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight” said he’s honored and said it’s a success of not only his but also everybody who worked on Batman mythology to this day. “The Joy Luck Club” was an important film for Asian-American culture, and the producer Janet Young shared her happiness for it.
Kathyrn Bigelow was also humbled and thrilled for the inclusion. John Landis previously got a place for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Animal House” but his third inclusion came with “The Blues Brothers” and he said it’s all because of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi,
their chemistry and love for blues music and African-American artists. Speaking of African-Americans, Sidney Poitier also said: “‘Lilies of the Field’ stirs up such great remembrances in our family, from the littlest Poitiers watching a young and agile ‘Papa’ to the oldest – Papa Sidney himself!”
It’s no surprise that “Shrek” is here given how huge it was. Then, of course, another Kubrik film “A Clockwork Orange”. Meanwhile, the “Grease” director also reacted to the news. “The cast and crew of ‘Grease’ have remained close for the past 40 years,” said “Grease” director Randal Kleiser.
“We are all honored to be included in this year’s national registry selection. Personally, I’ve spent the last year composing all my script notations, storyboards, and photographs.” As Filmiere.com, it’s always a joy to see films are protected and appreciated on a much higher level.