These Amazing Shadows
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These Amazing Shadows
The documentary These Amazing Shadows explains the importance of the National Film Registry, an organization that protects films they deem culturally and historically significant. The filmmakers interview some of the biggest directors of their time including John Lasseter, Rob Reiner, and Christopher Nolan. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Shadows" is an 88-minute valentine to cinema, a reminder of why we continue returning to the multiplex, and an abiding faith in the power of film to transport us to faraway places."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Entertaining, but only revealing when the directors visit the Library of Congress film storage vaults in Culpeper, Va., where close to 130,000 rolls of fragile and damaged nitrate motion-picture film are kept in 124 climate-controlled vaults."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Anyone who loves movies will find a great deal to adore and admire about this new movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Documentary has more on its mind than just showing off the riches of America's cinematic heritage."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
""Shadows'' is a deeply heartfelt, if scattered, effort that plays like an Oscar-night clip show with a mission."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"If movies are our kiss-kiss-bang-bang arenas of desire, then this addictive movie-centric documentary from Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton makes the Library of Congress sound like the Playboy Mansion."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"Film preservation is an important part of our culture and the documentary details exactly why that is."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"it's interesting to hear what kind of films are important to Rob Reiner or Wayne Wang but, frankly, we've seen more insightful, emotional responses in any AFI TV special"
‑ Norm Schrager,
"For lovers of American filmmaking, "These Amazing Shadows" may be the ultimate sampler buffet."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"a long commercial promotion for The National Film Registry"
‑ Les Wright,
"This is one government-sponsored project that is committed to saving Americana that could have been lost forever."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"...a fascinating documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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