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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Iulian's rating of the film Shadows

  2. Nick's rating of the film Shadows

    Watched this back to back with Do The Right Thing and they made a great pair. Two very different films about race and racism.

  3. Eilidh's rating of the film Shadows

    Took me a second viewing and the knowledge that the production was unscripted to fully appreciate the whole thing. There are some moments where the improvisation is very apparent but overall the acting is great and the film flows nicely enough. Felt it lacked something but I can't quite figure out what yet. Will certainly be rewatching at some point.

  4. I.Camera's rating of the film Shadows

    A milestone of independent cinema, as Cassavetes took improvisations from theatre and filmed them in a provocative, naturalistic style, a rebuke at both the studio system and method acting. The jazz affectations may have dated a little, but in most other ways Shadows is decades ahead of its time, particularly in its depiction of a sleazy, neon-lit NYC of strippers, beat writers, grimy bars and dubious boyfriends.

  5. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Shadows

    The feature debut from John Cassavetes, Shadows is an impressive independent feature that looks at looks at race and how it affects the lives of the central characters, mainly three siblings who don't always want to compromise while society insists that they do.

  6. Inteleter's rating of the film Shadows

    Wanted to like this but overall this was quite mediocre. Did like the cinematography and music though.

  7. Kirk's rating of the film Shadows

    While this film is interesting as a historical document, everything about it is mediocre: the screenplay, the acting, the filming, the editing, everything. As the first film of someone who became an important director, it has some value, but that’s about it.

  8. Jess's rating of the film Shadows

    beautiful, from start to finish. The racial question is subtly put. This movie is one of my favourite of all time

  9. SpacePirate's rating of the film Shadows

    Solid first effort from Cassavetes, with beautiful location 16 mm photography of New York, a hip jazz score, and a racially charged storyline. It doesn't really succeed in all areas, but it doesnt really have to. It is so fresh and new and vibrant feeling, any shortcomings are rendered moot. An indie classic. 4.5 stars

  10. bambamske's rating of the film Shadows

  11. Le Ciné Chez Nico's rating of the film Shadows

    Lelia Goldoni is fabulous, steals every scene she is in !

  12. Juliana Senra's rating of the film Shadows

  13. Aaron C Jones's rating of the film Shadows

    "THE FILM YOU HAVE JUST SEEN WAS AN IMPROVISATION" Sort of the birth of real American Indie Cinema (post-Studio era), this is sort of a non-documentary "cinema verité," taking inspiration from Italian Neorealism (and other similar movements). Very raw and unfinished, but still very vibrant and powerful. It was promoted as improvisational, so the style works. You don't have to suspend disbelief or anything.

  14. teresa romã's rating of the film Shadows

    Everything about this is delightful.

  15. Joel's rating of the film Shadows

    Compelling and raw, I felt about this film as I felt I was supposed to feel with films like Breathless. Somehow loose and seemingly acccidental but in a way that pulls you in. There is a life and truth to it that is rare in cinema. A great film.

  16. Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Shadows

    3-4. A very loose string of observational improv about the divides created by race, the lifestyle that tended to accompany jazz, the beat generation etc. I'm mixed on the effectiveness of the improv part; the actors do feel like real people, but other parts of the film still feel affected, albeit to the advantage of the core material. Grit and viscera grease the plot into cohesiveness, so it works, overall.

  17. dionysus67's rating of the film Shadows

    Qunitessential raw modernist cinema, owing its justified reputation in the sheer vitality and spontaneous bombardment of glances, gestures, facial expressions truthfully unadorned. This brisk experiment in beatnik homiletics traverses the paths of existentialism, psychoanalysis, booze, jazz, flirt, verité eruptions of anger and indignation on the way to painfully rethining identities -racial and others.

  18. FISCHER's rating of the film Shadows

    Premier film réalisé par John Cassavetes, totalement improvisé pour son scénario. "Shadows" est une admirable réussite aboutie qui contient déjà les thèmes essentiels de son auteur. Une oeuvre importante à redécouvrir de toute urgence... www.cinefiches.com

  19. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Shadows

  20. Carl Penguin's rating of the film Shadows

  21. Trailblazer, LLC.'s rating of the film Shadows

    Much respect to Cassavetes, but not my cup of tea. Cinematography & music props (1 star for each).

  22. Carlos Tejeda's rating of the film Shadows

    Artículo ("Cuadernos de jazz"): http://www.carlostejeda.com/2007_11_09_archive.html

  23. Nachtreich's rating of the film Shadows

  24. Andreea Serpe's rating of the film Shadows

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