These Amazing Shadows

7.61 h 28 min2011PG-13
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.
Paul MarianoKurt Norton
Christopher NolanJohn WatersBarbara Kopple
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Tim RothJohn LasseterWayne WangJulie Dash
Paul MarianoKurt NortonChristine O'Malley
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city girlReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
NFR Overview with Benefits
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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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ChefKronkReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must Watch!
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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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Lady JaneReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Preserving an American treasure
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This is a must-see for every movie lover. We have become a disposable society and this documentary shows the importance of preserving/saving this American art form.
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Prof and spouse.Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done- honors film well.
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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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Classic Fan 77Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A most engrossing film!
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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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marketkitchenchefReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating history
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This documentary opened my eyes to the importance that our government considers film preservation. I am a huge fan of film and to get some idea of the types of film record that are being preserved was fascinating. If you love film, watch this!
T. SternReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
defective disc
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The SPECIAL FEATURES do not play - they are pixilated, hang or skip. 2 copies of the disc have the same
problem. The film does not have this problem.
Auburn Cinefile SocietyReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Film Buff
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If you are a film buff and amateur film historian you will enjoy this stroll down film history lane. A bit light on details but rich in good one on one documentary style interviews, production values are as good as any.
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