Shadows

Overview

Shadows was John Cassavetes' first directorial effort. Like his later critically acclaimed films Faces and Husbands, Cassavetes fills the screen with probing, unflattering closeups. Unlike his other films, however, Shadows zips along at 87 minutes, avoiding the pitfall of putting the director's nonfans to sleep. The film is a straightforward account of a biracial romance a far less common film subject in 1960 than today. Light-skinned African-American Lelia Goldoni falls in love with a white man Anthony Ray, who ...
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Overview

Shadows was John Cassavetes' first directorial effort. Like his later critically acclaimed films Faces and Husbands, Cassavetes fills the screen with probing, unflattering closeups. Unlike his other films, however, Shadows zips along at 87 minutes, avoiding the pitfall of putting the director's nonfans to sleep. The film is a straightforward account of a biracial romance a far less common film subject in 1960 than today. Light-skinned African-American Lelia Goldoni falls in love with a white man Anthony Ray, who spurns her when he meets the rest of her family. Far from subtle, Shadows benefits from the undisciplined energy of its direction and the excellence of its individual performances. Costing a scant $40,000 less than the average half hour TV episode of the era, Shadows won the Critic's Award at the Cannes Film Festival and led to more expensive studio assignments for John Cassavetes.
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Editorial Reviews

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John Cassavetes' Shadows is one of the most important and influential movies of American independent cinema. Shot on location in New York City in gritty, naturalistic black-and-white, it was one of the first American efforts to exhibit the urgent, spontaneous look and feel of French New Wave films. Cassavetes had been a reasonably well-known actor, but his first directorial effort was a world apart from the popular dramas of the era. Shadows set the tone for personal, independently made features for decades to come: it tackled controversial subject matter, featured a cast of unknowns, and had a distinctly unprofessional veneer in most technical aspects. The candidness of the performances and the audacity of the director set it apart: the script was largely influenced by the actors during their rehearsals. In initial screenings, Shadows was shunned by audiences; Cassavetes reworked much of it and re-released the film to greater success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • EAN: 5035673011256
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Source: British Film Inst
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 64,136

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lelia Goldoni Lelia
Ben Carruthers Ben
Anthony Ray Tony
Hugh Hurd Hugh
Rupert Crosse Rupert
Tom Allen Tom
Dennis Sallas Dennis
Cliff Carnell
David Jones David
Ronald Maccone
Bob Rech
Jack Ackerman Jack
John Cassavetes
Marilyn Clark Girl at party
Greta Thyssen Girl at party
Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director, Screenwriter
Jack Ackerman Songwriter
Len Appelson Editor
Seymour Cassel Associate Producer
Shifi Hadi Score Composer
Erich Kollmar Cinematographer
Randy Liles Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Maurice McEndree Editor, Producer
Charles Mingus Score Composer
Nico Papatakis Producer
Bob Rech Set Decoration/Design
Hunt Stevens Songwriter
Eleanor Winters Songwriter
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