Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows
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Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows

Monday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.

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 in the National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures reflecting 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.

Shaping a cultural history from pieces of film, "These Amazing Shadows" reveals how the National Film Registry is nothing lessthan a cinematic repository of our nation’s hopes and dreams, myths and truths.

Rich with imagery, "These Amazing Shadows" interweaves clips from America’s most-beloved films (and many rarer treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflectedour culture and changed lives.