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½ January 3, 2016
Fascinating delve into the work of America's National Film Registry and how it comes to select those films deemed worthy of preservation. Studded with clips, and interviews with cinematographers, archivists and movie directors. It should have been longer and perhaps more detailed.
December 29, 2015
A must watch for any cinema enthusiast and a must watch for anyone who thinks movies are not art.
½ April 29, 2014
An ever so informative piece, which focuses its lens on the National Film Registry, 'These Amazing Shadows' is a fascinating documentary that emphasizes the importance of film as not only an artform, but as an important part of history. With interviews from big-name directors, actors, and writers, 'These Amazing Shadows' might be aimed more towards film enthusiasts, but its depiction of film's importance in society, as well as the maintenance and preservation of these vital pieces of history is entertaining beyond just informational.

Final Grade: A-
April 8, 2014
An ever so informative piece, which focuses its lens on the National Film Registry, 'These Amazing Shadows' is a fascinating documentary that emphasizes the importance of film as not only an art-form, but as an important part of history. With interviews from big-name directors, actors, and writers, 'These Amazing Shadows' might be aimed more towards film enthusiasts, but its depiction of film's importance in society, as well as the maintenance and preservation of these vital pieces of history.

Final Grade: A-
February 12, 2014
A beautiful ode to The National Film Registry. More than a fluff government project, this is important work that preserves our culture, the good and the bad.
October 16, 2013
These Amazing Documentary! [B+]
½ October 2, 2013
These Amazing Shadows is a tantalizing title. Just the provocation of thought it initiates is worthy of praise. I readily grasped the concept that films are sort of shadows of the past, but it never had occurred to me that movies literally are shadows. The documentary is an introduction to the Library of Congress's initiative to salvage and preserve films that a board of directors deems worthy of induction into the National Film Registry.

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.
August 10, 2013
Entertaining, yes. Informative, yes. Purposeless, yes. Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton's documentary These Amazing Shadows is best described as a propaganda film aimed at the hearts of people who aren't fans of classic cinema. There is no coherent story being told by this film, and outside of the first fifteen minutes, it's an episodic string of descriptions and fun facts about different movies with only vague plot-points or thematic elements linking them together. In addition to that, the people they interviewed were significantly less important and interesting than other documentaries about film provide (most notably Side By Side). All of that being said, I found These Amazing Shadows to be incredibly interesting if only for the trivia knowledge gained. I agree that the National Film Registry is incredibly important, that historic cultural cinema should be preserved, and that classic films are often times incredible, but none of that makes a documentary persuasive. I doubt very seriously that anyone was swayed intellectually by this film. Bottom line, this movie doesn't fulfill the criteria of a good documentary, or even get close really, but it is a very interesting and informative propaganda film. Bottom lines, if you're a cinefile like me and love classic films, this is a must see; not for the film itself, but for the information it provides. If you're not, you should stay away from this at all costs. It's quite the polarizing documentary.
½ July 10, 2013
An interesting idea for a documentary, and it has some great sequences, but other parts of the movie feel dull and uninteresting in comparison to some others.
June 17, 2013
The National Film Registry has been something i loved but did not know a lot about it how it came together as far as movie documentary this is very good my only problem was for all The filmmakers interview some of them i would have like too seen more of them like Rob Reiner Christopher Nolan zooey deschanel
June 2, 2013
Interesting documentary that covers the importance of the Film Registry. These peeps are a bit full of themselves, but the filmmaker interviews are informative.
March 23, 2013
Those shadows are pretty amazing.
½ February 7, 2013
Pretty fun look at film! Good to show in classes because there are a lot of modern speakers and films, while they still pay homage to old film and the work that goes into film. They also touch on how censorship hinders free speech as well as how companies have used film to manipulate the masses to their benefit. They mention minority in film; including female directors, blacks and natives and war in film. Lots of film fun done with a thorough take on topics that youth may find interesting
February 5, 2013
These Amazing Shadows never reveals much of anything new or vastly important and it jumps topics without much logical order, but it works greatly as love letter to film. The heartfelt interviews and clips make you feel the nostalgic love for cinema and its history.
½ December 27, 2012
Love documentary especially about films
Super Reviewer
November 5, 2012
Interesting documentary about the importance of film preservation and the role of the National Film Registry in that process. Ironically though, the documentary feels redundant. Isn't the fact that a government funded program is preserving films a testament to the importance and widespread appreciation for film preservation?
October 30, 2012
"These Amazing Shadows" is a very inspiring film. You cannot watch it without feeling a strong sense of the importance of film preservation and film as an important part of our history.
October 25, 2012
This film is a great testament to why film should be preserved. I wish it would have gone a bit deeper into the process of preservation of film. The National Film Registry is truly a gift to the nation and the world. As with most documentaries from America, it is highly patriotic and romanticizes American Film. It touches on a lot of fantastic films. In the last fifteen minutes of the film it becomes a doc about the power of film: the good and the bad. Which is brilliant, but seems to be a different doc altogether. Definitely a great watch, but a little slow.
October 22, 2012
An in depth look into the world of cinema and it's various unsolved mysterious.
September 23, 2012
These Amazing Shadows
WOW!
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.
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