Brilliant. A stupendous achievement. It bursts and bristles with passionate emotions, sincere ideas, and it clamors at the society which gave birth to it. A remarkable "slice of life" drama that sounds off on love, anger, racism, art, friendship, family, identity, and youth all at once. Cassavetes was a genius. And there aren't many film geniuses.
I've finally seen my first Cassavetes movie! And I have to say I'm super impressed and very embarrassed it's taken me so long! This was a glorious film with superb acting and beautifully gritty camerawork. I loved how naturalistic the storyline felt. We were never given any unnecessary information, we learned about who these characters were as we watched them and that process was incredible. I fucking loved it.
Lo de "Sombras" es un logro transgresor. En esta historia no hay giros o conflictos determinantes para el filme o sus personajes, y cuando parece asomarse algo de esto, la película ha terminado. Casavetes lo dice, todo es ejercicio de improvisación. El cine se está perfilando a otra perspectiva purista, como la reacción de la nouvelle vague, solo que este se libra de lo emocional.
I like what I've seen of Cassavetes. His films seem grounded in time and space despite the at-times weird editing. The performances are not particularly great but there's something effortlessly cool and jazzy about these fights and improvised nightclub conversations.