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These Amazing Shadows -- As the government-appointed protector of our cinematic legacy, the National Film Registry selects culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant works for preservation in the Library of Congress. Through interviews with Registry board members, archivists, and notable filmmakers, they demonstrate the way film documents artistic and societal milestones.
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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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Culturally, historically or aesthetically significant See more »
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 »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Excellent, Amazing Documentary See more (8 total) »


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
Stephen Clark .... consultant: (uncredited)
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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Did You Know?

Robin Blaetz, Chair of Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College, is the very first and very last interview subject seen on screen.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 4 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, Amazing Documentary, 12 September 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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.

I was not aware of the history of the registry or how films were chosen to appear on it. Obviously, it makes sense that "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca" were on there, but I found it much more interesting how the obscure and offbeat get on there. And films from the 1990s, which had relatively little time to become historic...

After seeing this, I have a new-found respect for the list and will have to make a point in tracking down the titles on it. While I have made a point of looking for old Oscar winners, this might be more representative of real American cinema history.

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