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Shadows

John Cassavetes

 
Shadows (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1959
  • 82 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #251

John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship is put in jeopardy when Tony meets Lelia’s darker-skinned jazz singer brother, Hugh (Hugh Hurd), and discovers that her racial heritage is not what he thought it was. Shot on location in Manhattan with a mostly nonprofessional cast and crew, Shadows is a penetrating work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.

Credits

DirectorJohn Cassavetes
ProducerMaurice McEndree
Associate producerSeymour Cassel
Saxophone solosShafi Hadi
Additional musicCharles Mingus
CameramanErich Kollmar
LightingDavid Simon
Lighting assistantCliff Carnell
Camera assistantAl Ruban
Supervising editorLen Appelson
EditorMaurice McEndree
SetsRandy Liles and Bob Reeh

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2000), a 200-minute documentary by Charles Kiselyak (Blu-ray)
  • New interviews with actress Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel
  • Silent footage from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Stills and poster galleries
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1961 article by Cassavetes (DVD release)

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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Shadows: Eternal Times Square

By Gary GiddinsOctober 21, 2013

John Cassavetes’s jazzy debut, the result of two years of improvisation, offers a singular . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Cassavetes’s Company

By Tom CharityOctober 30, 2013


Film Essays

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Shadows: Eternal Times Square

By Gary GiddinsOctober 21, 2013

John Cassavetes’s jazzy debut, the result of two years of improvisation, offers a singular . . . Read more »


Video


Photo Galleries

Cassavetes at Work

March 04, 2013


News

A Royal Summer in Belgium

July 01, 2010

Anyone in the market for a cinematic vacation might consider Brussels this summer. Belgium’s . . . Read more »


Clippings

Of Time and Shadows

November 11, 2009

“If American independent cinema could be said to have a birthday, November 11 is as good a . . . Read more »