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These Amazing Shadows

A story about the National Film Registry and the power of the movies.

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These Amazing Shadows Theatrical Trailer

Overview

Genre
Arts, Cultural History, and Society
Synopsis

What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and listed on The National Film Registry. THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, an 88-minute documentary, tells the history and importance of the Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. The current list of 550 films includes selections from every genre - documentaries, home movies, Hollywood classics, avant-garde, newsreels and silent films. These Amazing Shadows reveals how "American movies tell us so much about ourselves... not just what we did, but what we thought, what we felt, what we aspired to, and the lies we told ourselves."

Stage
finished
Running time
88, 53 or 59 minutes

Credits

  • kurt norton ... Co-Director, Co-Author, Co-producer
  • Paul Mariano ... Co-Director /Producer/Author
  • Christine O'Malley ... Co-Producer
  • Doug Blush ... Co-Editor
  • Alex Calleros ... Co-Editor
  • Frazer Bradshaw ... Director of Photography
  • Peter Golub ... Composer
  • Brian Oakes ... Director of Motion Graphics

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Gravitas Docufilms
Country
United States
Years of Production
2009-2011
Locations
New York, NY; Washington DC; Culpeper, VA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
Sundance Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Ashland Indpendent Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival
Distribution
North American Distributor: IFC/Sundance Selects
Broadcast (Acq.)
IFC, Indpendent Lens (PBS/ITVS)
Language
English

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