Shadows (1959)

A brother and sister look white and have a brother who is completely black. The sister loses her virginity to a lout who dumps her when she reveals she is part black. The black brother is a singer in a seedy nightclub while his white… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 7, 1998
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TIME Magazine

Again and again the line between acting and living is erased. Caught in the ecstasy of collective creation, a handful of earnest amateurs have almost accidentally produced a flawed but significant piece of folk art.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Cassavetes' startling debut piece.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is the only Cassavetes film made without a full script (it grew out of acting improvs), and rarely has so much warmth, delicacy, and raw feeling emerged so naturally and beautifully from performances in an American film.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

In this experimental film, Cassavetes' approach and a cast of unknowns brought a new sense of realism to the American cinema.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A very modern, impressionistic snapshot of New York bohemia with scenes linked not by dramatic line but by place, time and mood.

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Fernando F. Croce

An impressionistic whirl worth a thousand fumbled words

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's Cassavetes's auspicious debut film as director.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Don't have much to say about this movie, seems others enjoyed it I did Not. 1 Star 3-2514
Saskia D.
According to the information that can be found on the box, a very important and influential movie and Cassavetes directorial debut. It's VERY difficult to… More
Randy Tippy
A new-waveish beatnik sociopolitical commentary that gets far less recognition than it deserves.
Elvira B
Cassavetes' debut: A close examination of daily life. People wanting to find something to do, striving to understand their moods, shortcomings, and the… More
Aj V
This is a pretty good, and very different, drama movie, but it's not all that exciting or intense. Plus, I wasn't familiar or impressed with any of… More
Tim Sigur
There are perfect moments in this movie.