These Amazing Shadows
These Amazing Shadows (2011)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jen Chaney
Washington Post

"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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Anyone who loves movies will find a great deal to adore and admire about this new movie.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"Shadows'' is a deeply heartfelt, if scattered, effort that plays like an Oscar-night clip show with a mission.

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Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Film preservation is an important part of our culture and the documentary details exactly why that is.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

For lovers of American filmmaking, "These Amazing Shadows" may be the ultimate sampler buffet.

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Les Wright

a long commercial promotion for The National Film Registry

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This is one government-sponsored project that is committed to saving Americana that could have been lost forever.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A compelling and thoughtful documentary on an American system that is given little recognition or thought in our country today, the National Film Registry is a… More
Byron Brubaker
The final movie I saw at the 2011 CIFF was this one about the National Film Registry. The celebrities talking about their favorite movies and clips from the… More
Jonathan Hutchings
In 1986, Ted Turner, the owner of the MGM film catalog, decided to take classic black and white movies and colorize them. The hue and cry from those passionate… More
Jeff Lowery
Interesting documentary about the importance of film preservation and the role of the National Film Registry in that process. Ironically though, the… More
Randy Tippy
Nice documentary highlighting the important preservation work being done by the National Film Registry.