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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:37 AM

Documentary - These Amazing Shadows

(available via Netflix)

Featuring exclusive interviews and dazzling archival footage, this insightful documentary shines a light on the work of the National Film Registry and the art of preserving aesthetically, culturally and historically significant cinema.

Most of the classics have been chosen, but not all. It shows what thought goes into the 20 films picked each year. The film has to be 10 years old.

Excellent documentary. The Board, which picks out the 20 films of the year, takes the public input very seriously. When the nominations open for next year, I am going to lobby for this film:

"You Can't Take it With You" which won Best Picture and Best Director (John Ford) in 1938. It is from the Pulitzer Prize winning play of 1936. I mean c'mon, it's got the chops.

TCM will run this movie every now and again - check it out, it's very good. My DH, who didn't really watch B&W until we married, watch this with me one night and it is, hands down, his favorite all time movie.


Here is this year's list:

Films Selected to the 2012 National Film Registry
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Augustas (1930s-1950s)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (1897)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (1980-82)
The Kidnappers Foil (1930s-1950s)
Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests (1922)
A League of Their Own (1992)
The Matrix (1999)
The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)
One Survivor Remembers (1995)
Parable (1964)
Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)
Slacker (1991)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
They Call It Pro Football (1966)
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England (1914)


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:12 AM

1. RE: Thanks for the review!

I am one of the co-directors (along with Paul Mariano) of 'These Amazing Shadows.' Thank you so much for taking the time to watch and write about our documentary. We really appreciate your kind words about our film and enthusiasm for the National Film Registry. We hope you and your darling husband have a wonderful New Year.
Kurt Norton

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:20 AM

2. Please could you post more about your documentary, and include a link where I might easily


find it and suggest it to others?

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