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Shadows (Dual Format Edition)


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.

  • 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
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SKU 5035673011256
Catalogue Number BFIB1125
Subtitle A film by John Cassavetes
Product contents <ul> <li>Presented in both high definition and standard definition.</li> <li>Audio commentary with Cassavetes collaborator Seymour Cassel and film critic Tom Charity.</li> <li>Falk on Cassavetes: the early years (DVD only, 13 min).</li> <li>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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