Cassavetes' seminal, directorial debut centres on three African-American siblings grappling with love and angst in the jazz-soaked, beat-infused streets of 1950s New York.
The use of largely non-professional actors and seemingly improvised dialogue (the film was, in fact, almost entirely scripted), set the blueprint for future Cassavetes masterworks.
In its analysis of love - and the lack of it - Shadows
explores a theme that Cassavetes returns to throughout his film career.
Imported print. "Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema" J. Hoberman, Village Voice