Shadows

Shadows

DVD - 2004
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The story of an interracial romance and the obstacles it puts on family relationships. When appearing on Jean Shepherd's radio program Night People, Cassevetes mentioned the improvisation work he had done with his acting class, and asked for funding to film it. When listeners actually sent in money, he worked up a script based on the classwork, and with additional funding filmed his story of three siblings, two of whom can pass as white.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, [2004], c1959
ISBN: 9780780029231
0780029232
9780780028036
0780028031
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet

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empbee
Jul 30, 2018

Good movie about young Americans in the 50-s.

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 02, 2017

Shadows is an unfinished picture in every sense of the word. Yet it is fitfully dynamic, endowed with a raw but vibrant strength, conveying an illusion of being a record of real people, and it is incontestably sincere.

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Nursebob
Aug 19, 2017

John Cassavetes’ directorial debut uses an impressive collage of Manhattan’s beatnik scene to focus on interracial ties, lost dreams, and the mindset of the thriving counter-culture movement. Shot guerilla-style in B&W with a hand-held 16mm camera, his mostly improvised script and cast of non-professional “night people” gleaned from New York’s underground is a fascinating time capsule from the beat era of the late 50’s. Not a masterwork by any stretch—the acting is woefully uneven, the jarring edits all too obvious, and the ad-libbed performances get stuck in the occasional rut—this experimental film nevertheless provided a low-keyed watershed of sorts for American independent cinema. The free-style jazz score, frank sexuality, and erratic narrative threads (the various plot lines seem to begin and end in the middle) were a bold innovation for a generation grown used to cohesive plots and tidy resolutions and the passing years haven’t dimmed its sense of freshness.

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ms_mustard
Apr 26, 2015

interesting, a bit raw

definitely a product of its time

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eusebius
Dec 02, 2013

It's a wonderful film that captures the feeling of bohemian New York circa 1960. The colour line is crossed, sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

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OmegaZero
Mar 25, 2010

It was a very good film that really hits the fault line with many issues.

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