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Shadows

  • 1959
  • John Cassavetes
  • 77 mins
  • 12A
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Format-breaking social drama by actor-turned-director John Cassavetes who, in this his first film, created a mainly improvised story of three black siblings - Lelia Goldoni, Ben Carruthers and Hugh Hurd - making their way in Manhattan. Goldoni, who passes for white, begins a love affair with a white man, which gives Cassavetes plenty of scope for interracial discussion (unusual in the 1960s), while jazz trumpeter Hurd finds life full of sour notes. Cassavetes' style of ad-lib acting and situations became a benchmark for future independent film-making.

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Credits

Cast

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HughHugh Hurd
LeliaLelia Goldoni
BenBen Carruthers
TonyAnthony Ray
DennisDennis Sallas
TomTom Allen
DavidDavid Pokitillow

Crew

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DirectorJohn Cassavetes

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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