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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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Douglas Blush (as Doug Blush), Paul Mariano | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Lost Forever See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Gravitas Docufilms See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence close-ups of film running through a projector was shot by cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California. See more »

Quotes

[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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A Compelling Exploration Of Film Preservation.
13 November 2012 | by derekdiercksmeierSee all my reviews

"These Amazing Shadows" Is A Film For Cinephiles And Those Concerned With The History Of Culture. The Film Explores Cinema History And Why Exactly Movies Are As Culturally Significant As They Are. The Movie Features Interviews With Christopher Nolan, Rob Reiner, Tim Roth, John Waters, Leonard Maltin, Julie Dash, John Singleton, And Many More. "These Amazing Shadows" Discusses Films As Diverse As "Blade Runner" And "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" And "Star Wars" And "Citizen Kane". The Film Features An Inside Look At Film Preservation And Delivers A Convincing Case For The Preservation Of Our Greatest Films. "These Amazing Shadows" Tends To Skip From Film To Film Without Ever Gaining Much Depth. The Movie Tries To Cover The Entire History Of Cinema In Just 88 Minutes, But It Feels Rushed And Unsatisfying. Overall, The Film Is A Moving And Passionate Study Of Cinema History And How It Relates To Our Future As A Culture.


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