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These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America [Blu-ray]
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on August 29, 2017
This movie is actually about the founding, rationale and structure of The National Film Registry, which preserves and archives films it deems worthy. I actually enjoyed much of this film and showed it to my Intro to Film students on the first day of class. It was my hope that it would give them a sense of film as an industry, an art form and a way of archiving history. A few of the students seemed bored because it runs about an hour and a half and could benefit by some more editing, but most seemed to enjoy the snippets of "classic" films and there was some lively discussion afterwards.
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on April 21, 2016
This is one of the most interesting documentaries that I have ever watched! It gives the watcher an in-depth view of the National Film Registry and its significance. Many of the films included in the registry are highlighted in this film, as are their significance and reasoning for being in the registry. The film gives a lock at the nomination and voting process as well as the preservation process for these films.

It is a must watch for all film lovers.
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on December 26, 2012
Having studied film history and production as part of my major in college I was thoroughly engrossed in this documentary. Actually I had seen in on a normal DVD and jumped at the chance to add it to my Blu-ray collection. It is truly sad to learn that half of all movies made before 1950 are lost forever. Just think of how the study of the beginnings of the movie would be enhance if more silent films were still available and viewable. I live in hope that one day 'London After Midnight' is found in some theater basement somewhere in Idaho! If you love the movies you should love this one.
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on February 6, 2013
I require viewing this in a couple of film classes. It presents an important aspect of the history of film and why it is important to us as more than mere entertainment. Highly recommended for those who are interested in knowing about the history of film - not exhaustive by any means but a good first step. The issues of storage, restoration, and so forth are well presented.
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on August 21, 2016
Interesting but a little rigid.
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on November 18, 2013
If you're at all interested in the history of American movies, or just American movies, or just America - buy this.
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on October 28, 2015
Great movie
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on February 18, 2013
Good summary of some really good aaward winning movies and how they reflected American values. Bough this for my wife and she is really enjoying it.
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on September 5, 2013
This is interesting. I am not too into movies, but this basically summarizes the history of National Film Registry. You will see movies that you have never heard of that you will want to watch someday. You will also learn about the culture shift decade by decade.
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on February 2, 2016
Very much enjoyed this well done review of the movies reflecting, and likely influencing, our culture.
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