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These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 22 January 2011 (USA)
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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.

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Credited cast:
Jeff Adachi Jeff Adachi ... Himself
James H. Billington James H. Billington ... Himself
Robin Blaetz Robin Blaetz ... Herself
Brooks Boliek Brooks Boliek ... Himself
Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Burnett ... Himself
Jay Carr Jay Carr ... Himself
Martin Cohen Martin Cohen ... Himself
Peter Coyote ... Himself
Arlene Damron Arlene Damron ... Herself
Julie Dash ... Herself
Allen Daviau ... Himself
Caleb Deschanel ... Himself
Zooey Deschanel ... Herself
Kristine Fong Kristine Fong ... Herself
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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. Written by Gravitas Docufilms

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The Movies That Made America See more »

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22 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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At the Library of Congress, the vaults that hold the highly flammable nitrocellulose footage are maintained at 39 degrees F, and 30% relative humidity. See more »

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[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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Excellent, Amazing Documentary
12 September 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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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