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John Cassavetes, directorial debut follows the relationship between a mixed-race woman and a white man.

John Cassavetes, directorial debut follows the relationship between a mixed-race woman and a white man.

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Set amongst the lively milieu of artists and jazz musicians in bohemian 1950s New York, John Cassavetes' directorial debut follows the doomed relationship between a young mixed-race woman Lelia (Lelia Goldoni) and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man who betrays his prejudice when he meets Lelia's brother, a struggling jazz singer. Shot on location with a cast and crew largely made up of amateurs and featuring a swinging, improvised score by Charles Mingus and Shafi Hadi, Shadows gave birth to a radical new film language grounded in authenticity, and is widely considered the first truly independent American film.

Set amongst the lively milieu of artists and jazz musicians in bohemian 1950s New York, John Cassavetes' directorial debut follows the doomed relationship between a young mixed-race woman Lelia (Lelia Goldoni) and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man who betrays his prejudice when he meets Lelia's brother, a struggling jazz singer. Shot on location with a cast and crew largely made up of amateurs and featuring a swinging, improvised score by Charles Mingus and Shafi Hadi, Shadows gave birth to a radical new film language grounded in authenticity, and is widely considered the first truly independent American film.

Extras

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary with Cassavetes collaborator Seymour Cassel and film critic Tom Charity
  • Falk on Cassavetes: the early years (DVD only, 13 minutes)
  • 16mm footage of John Cassavetes and Burt Lane's acting workshop (DVD only, 4 minutes)
  • Theatrical trailer (DVD only, 4 minutes)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from Michael Atkinson, Brian Morton and Tom Charity

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673011256
Catalogue Number BFIB1125
Subtitle A film by John Cassavetes
Product contents
  • Presented in both high definition and standard definition.
  • Audio commentary with Cassavetes collaborator Seymour Cassel and film critic Tom Charity.
  • Falk on Cassavetes: the early years (DVD only, 13 min).
  • 16mm footage o
Year 1959
Director Cassavetes, John
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United States
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English for the hard-of-hearing
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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