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Shadows (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


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.

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Special Features

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


Bluray, DVD