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These Amazing Shadows 2011 NR CC

(31) IMDb 7.6/10
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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.

Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Starring Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington
Supporting actors Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Burnett, Jay Carr, Martin Cohen, Peter Coyote, Arlene Damron, Julie Dash, Allen Daviau, Caleb Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Kristine Fong, Robert A. Harris, Amy Heckerling, Jan-Christopher Horak, Jennifer Horne, Gale Anne Hurd
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Chandler HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The films in this documentary are part of the National Film Registry.

The subject of coloring old films is discussed.
This leads to the National film Preservation Act to create the national film registry.
The American film crates a sense of nationhood.

The real problem with this documentary is that it is in less than 5 second sound and picture bytes. They never complete a thought before moving on to the next. There I s no coherence in the train of thought or presentation. The bites have great sounds but no follow-up as to what those bits are trying to say.

It would have been better presented with ether fewer speakers of let one speaker finish before the next begins.

They do slow down for the courtroom speech from "To Kill a Mockingbird"

How many of these narrators do you know?

Jeff Adachi (Filmmaker)
Dr. James H. Billington (Librarian of Congress)
Robin Blaetz (Chair of Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College)
Brooks Boliek (Journalist)
Charles Burnett (Director, Killer of Sheep)
Jay Carr (National Film Preservation Board)
Martin Cohen (President of Post Production, Paramount Pictures)
Peter Coyote (Actor, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial)
Arlene Damron (daughter of Director- Dave Tatsuno: Topaz (1945 documentary))
Julie Dash (Director, Daughters of the Dust)
Allen Daviau, ASC (Cinematographer)
Caleb Deschanel, ASC (Cinematographer)
Zooey Deschanel (Actress) describes wizard of OZ
Kristine Fong
Robert A.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Every year, 25 films are added to the National Film Registry to be preserved at the Library of Congress. This is a fascinating documentary that uses the Film Registry as a springboard to discuss American film culture. Some very talented filmmakers are included in the discussion - Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, and Rob Reiner are some notable directors who appear in this film. The film also includes the thoughts and reflections of various actors, critics, and historians.

Many documentaries, particularly ones that consist mostly of interviews, tend to get tedious and boring. But the film (88 minutes long) has a brisk pace and moves along quickly (but without feeling too rushed).

One of my favorite aspects of the film is the original score by Peter Golub. The music really adds to the sense of nostalgia you feel while watching the documentary. It is available for purchase now, and I highly recommend it.

The blu-ray will include the following bonus material:
- Lost Forever, a look at film preservation, restoration, and more
- Live from Prague: Recording the Score
- These Amazing Shadows at Sundance
- Outtakes
- Alternate and Deleted Scenes
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 5, 2011
Format: DVD
MUST see documentary on the Movies - and the Bonus Features are important too!

In 1988, Congress passed the National Film Preservation Act and with it the National Film Preservation Board, under the auspices of the Librarian of Congress (James Billington). In 1989 the NFPB chose the first group of 25 films for its Registry and, to date 550 films of all types and periods, have been chosen to be preserved in their original form. This includes well-known films like "The Godfather", and "The Wizard of Oz" to pieces of home movies.

The feature film on this DVD was produced in 2011 and presented at Sundance - as well as an airing on PBS. It is essential viewing by anyone who watches movies. While there is significant discussion of why films deteriorate or why a film is "culturally important", this documentary is crafted so it is entertaining as well. Film critics and authors on film are interviewed, but so are celebrities like directors John Waters (hilarious) and Rob Reiner. The real "star" is someone you've never heard of: Library of Congress archivist George Willeman. Looking, and sounding, like a cross between Michael Moore and Roger Ebert, Willeman is the guy in charge of the rare Nitrate film vaults at the modern Packard Campus that the Library of Congress opened in Culpepper, VA about six years ago. He will make you smile and really appreciate film history.

The film has an original score by composer Peter Golub, whose soundtrack could easily stand on its own on a CD.

One of the parts I enjoyed most is the one on censorship, where it shows how recently found footage was able to restore the 1930s film "Baby Face" which had been destroyed by heavy censorship editing. And you'll discover new films to seek out and watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 26, 2012
Format: DVD
THESE AMAZING SHADOWS (2011, 55 minutes for PBS) is one of those immortal and absolutely necessary little documentaries that doesn't exactly cover our history or views - but it covers a most vital way in which we express those things.

This documentary, while revealing very little, explains America's National Film Registry, which I believe is in the Library of Congress. Each year, only 25 motion pictures are chose to the Registry, picked by the National Film Preservation Board but the documentary tells us may be nominated by almost anyone.

We are shown snippets of films in the registry, from what you might expect - The Wizard of Oz, It's A Wonderful Life, The Godfather - to totally unknown indie films and old documentaries. One that impressed me was a 1916 silent film by the great but forgotten Lois Weber, one of many important female writer/directors before women got booted out of the filmmaking industry. Weber's contribution in the Registry is WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?, included in the set Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934, an emotional account of abortion and all the concomitant issues.

This work also addresses the restoration of film by utilizing THE GODFATHER as a prime example. The way it was shot was done so that no one could change its light or color values. It is a dark, foreboding film that was guaranteed to remain so.
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