These Amazing Shadows Reviews
Final Grade: A-
Final Grade: A-
It's easy to dismiss this film as just another list production, like the stuff you find and watch on TV when nothing else is on. At times it feels like that sort of show just by its nature, but even though it looks like a bunch of people rattling off anecdotes to clips of popular and nostalgic films, it does run deeper than that. First of all, the clips (like it or not) are evocative. There is some powerful stuff that plays on our connections to the film's portrayed, the films we grew up on. Secondly there is the bigger story of the National Film Registry and why it exists.
It all started with the debate over the preservation of film as artwork when black and whites became colorized, which met with controversy. Film came to be identified as an art form, but also a crucial medium, a uniting force and a neglected diminishing archive of American history. So, the National Film Registry was Born and dedicated to the preservation of film, specifically those that have historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. The mission is interesting, but what happens when the highlight reel element meets the testimonies of board members and film makers is an examination of history led by the presence and awareness of all kinds of films that really shaped human thought and created history, as much as reflected it.
t's not a flashy movie, or the in-your-face science and logic defying "documentary" that has become so prevalent. It doesn't dare you to watch or entice you with anything really, besides a slight manipulation near the end where it goes into the destructive power of film and if "bad" films should be protected. This documentary is made for those who are interested in the place of film in American history. If you are, then These Amazing Shadows is worth watching. If you aren't, you really should be.
Just wonderful, perfect, spectacular.
The feelings of the films.
The beatifull care in the films of the years.
What really are, what we have and what we will in the future.
A beautiful documentary.
But his problem is: This documentary not have a lot of directors like Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and others... I felt a strange lump in the throat, when a person of the documentary talk about movies. Are magic.