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 85-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."

Christopher Nolan [Inception]
Rob Reiner [This is Spinal Tap]
John Waters [Hairspray]
Barbara Kopple [Harlan County, USA]
John Lasseter [Toy Story]
Gale Anne Hurd [The Terminator]
Julie Dash [Daughters of the Dust]
Leonard Maltin [Author and Critic]
John Singleton [Boyz N the Hood]
Wayne Wang [Chan is Missing]
Tim Roth [Lie to Me]
Debbie Reynolds [Singin' in the Rain]
James Schamus [Brokeback Mountain]
Peter Coyote [E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial]
Steve James [Hoop Dreams]
Amy Heckerling [Fast Times at Ridgemont High]
Dr. James H. Billington
The Librarian of Congress


Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:00 pm Redstone Cinemas 8, Park City, UT
Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:00 pm Yarrow Hotel Theater, Park City, UT
Friday, January 28, 2011 9:45 pm Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 29, 2011 10:00 pm Holiday Village Cinema I, Park City, UT

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