in about 100 words or less
US 87m, B&W
Director: John Cassavetes; Cast: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray
Set on the streets of New York City, shot with a handheld camera, Shadows is an offbeat drama years ahead of its time in American cinema. The film is a loosely strung series of improvised situations that explore the complexity of everyday events and the relations within a group of disillusioned Beat Generation artists. With no real plot, Cassavetes and his camera simply follow the players, providing a near voyeuristic experience for audiences in this critically influential jazz-inspired production (Klaus Ming June 2014).