Shadows (1959)

John Cassavetes directs Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni and Hugh Hurd in this indie drama about three black siblings navigating the Beat Generation in New York.

You could say this is the film that gave birth to American Independent cinema. A melodrama made far out of the Hollywood studio system that focussed on milieu and character rather than genre and plot. It is scrappy by today’s standards. And I’m not sure the voice it gives its black ensemble is particularly authentic. Better watched as a museum piece than as a relevant or artistically exciting piece of cinema.


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