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These Amazing Shadows -- What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," by the Library of Congress and listed on the National Film Registry. These Amazing Shadows tells the history and importance of The Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. The current list of 525 films includes selections from every genre - documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels and silent films. "These Amazing Shadows" reveals how American movies tell us so much about ourselves...not just what we did, but what we thought, what we felt, what we aspired to, and the lies we told ourselves.
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jeff Adachi ... Himself
James H. Billington ... Himself
Robin Blaetz ... Herself
Brooks Boliek ... Himself

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage)

Charles Burnett ... Himself
Jay Carr ... Himself
Martin Cohen ... Himself

Peter Coyote ... Himself
Arlene Damron ... Herself

Julie Dash ... Herself
Allen Daviau ... Himself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself

Zooey Deschanel ... Herself
Kristine Fong ... Herself
Robert A. Harris ... Himself

Amy Heckerling ... Herself

Jan-Christopher Horak ... Himself
Jennifer Horne ... Herself

Gale Anne Hurd ... Herself

Steve James ... Himself

Barry Jenkins ... Himself

Barbara Kopple

Mick LaSalle ... Himself

John Lasseter ... Himself
Stephen Leggett ... Himself
Heather Linville ... Herself
Patrick Loughney ... Himself

John Magary ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself

Roger Mayer ... Himself
Farran Smith Nehme ... Herself

Christopher Nolan ... Himself
Stephen Peck ... Himself

Jennifer Phang ... Herself
Rick Prelinger ... Himself
John Ptak ... Himself

Rob Reiner ... Himself
Del Reisman ... Himself

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself
Robert Rosen ... Himself (as Prof. Robert Rosen)

Tim Roth ... Himself

James Schamus ... Himself

Paul Schrader ... Himself
Eric J. Schwartz ... Himself

John Singleton ... Himself
Anthony Slide ... Himself
Michael Smith ... Himself
Shelley Stamp ... Herself
Liz Stanley ... Herself

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

George Takei ... Himself

Wayne Wang ... Himself

John Waters ... Himself

John Wayne ... Himself (archive footage)
George R. Willeman ... Himself
Jan Yarbrough ... Himself
Kevin Yost ... Himself

Directed by
Paul Mariano 
Kurt Norton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Blush 
Paul Mariano  written by
Kurt Norton  written by

Produced by
Douglas Blush .... associate producer
Suzanne Chapot .... executive producer
Barbara Grandvoinet .... line producer
Paul Mariano .... producer
Kurt Norton .... producer
Christine O'Malley .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Golub 
Cinematography by
Frazer Bradshaw 
Film Editing by
Douglas Blush 
Alex Calleros 
Art Department
Natella Kataev .... motion graphics
Brian Oakes .... director of motion graphics
Sound Department
Larry Ellis .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Brian Oakes .... director of motion graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Hereford .... additional cinematographer
Russ Jaquith .... camera operator
James Laxton .... additional cinematographer
Chris McGuinness .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Michael Jorgensen .... additional editing
Chris Martin .... senior colorist
Music Department
Peter Golub .... orchestrator
Nicholas Greer .... music copyist
Richard Hein .... conductor
Ted Hinckley .... music contractor
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Philip Klein .... orchestrator
Vitek Kral .... score engineer assistant
Mike Roskelley .... score mixer
Staniaslave Vomacko .... translator
Other crew
Daniel J. Clark .... production assistant
Michael Donaldson .... legal services
Lindsay Horowitz .... intern
Marian Koltai-Levine .... publicist
Jennifer Moscoso .... intern
Matt Radecki .... post production consultant
Tessa Rexroat .... social media coordinator
Travis Rexroat .... production assistant
Jessica Schwartz .... intern
Denise Bostrom .... special thanks
Sheryl Cannady .... special thanks
Basia Countway .... special thanks
Patrick Creadon .... special thanks
Sarah Jackson .... special thanks
Theodore James .... special thanks
Lisa J. Klein .... special thanks

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88 min
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Other titles considered for "These Amazing Shadows:" "The List," "To Protect and Preserve," "Lost Forever," and "The Movies."See more »
[first lines]
John Ptak:There is nothing like going to a theater, a communal atmosphere, watching something that is bigger than life.
Robin Blaetz:It's dark, you don't look at anybody...
John Ptak:And then the movie started, and it was really, really magical.
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Very inspiring but WAY too short., 27 November 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"These Amazing Shadows" is a very inspiring film. You cannot watch it without feeling a strong sense of the importance of film preservation and film as an important part of our history. However, the film suffers from trying to do WAY too much in much to short a time. I could easily see several films or even a series come out of this material and felt the film just went way too fast.

The beginning of the film talks about the fragile nature of nitrate film stock (the standard for movies until the mid-1950s). You see how the film tends to stick together or turn to powder--though this is a bit rushed, as they never really talked about how combustible these old films are as well. And then you get to hear some film preservationists from the Library of Congress talk about their love of their work. I LOVED this part of the film and really wished they had just focused on this or perhaps done so a bit longer.

The next portion of the film is the biggest problem. A sampling of SOME of the films on the National Film Registry is given and folks say a few blurbs about them and what stands out about these films. Well, considering how important and great these films are, they certainly deserved MUCH more about why they were chosen and why they are so unique. It felt like someone trying to encapsulate the entire Bible or American History in 90 minutes or less! Overall, this is a nice introduction into film preservation and the National Registry, but better films on similar subjects have been made--ones that are more thorough and less episodic--such as "Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque". Well worth seeing nevertheless.

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