John Cassavetes' directorial debut revolves around an interracial romance between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light-skinned black woman living in New York City with her two brothers, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship crumbles when Tony meets Lelia's brother Hugh (Hugh Hurd), a talented dark-skinned jazz singer struggling to find work, and discovers the truth about Lelia s racial heritage. Shot on location in Manhattan with a cast and crew made up primarily of amateurs, Cassavetes' Shadows is a visionary work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Video interviews from 2004 with actress Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel
Rare silent 16 mm footage of John Cassavetes and Burt Lane s acting workshop
Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Gary Giddins and a reprinted essay by Cassavetes
Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema. --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice