Shadows 1959

Critics score:
100 / 100

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TIME Magazine: Again and again the line between acting and living is erased. Caught in the ecstasy of collective creation, a handful of earnest amateurs have almost accidentally produced a flawed but significant piece of folk art. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Shadows is an unfinished picture in every sense of the word. Yet it is fitfully dynamic, endowed with a raw but vibrant strength, conveying an illusion of being a record of real people, and it is incontestably sincere. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: This is the only Cassavetes film made without a full script (it grew out of acting improvs), and rarely has so much warmth, delicacy, and raw feeling emerged so naturally and beautifully from performances in an American film. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: A very modern, impressionistic snapshot of New York bohemia with scenes linked not by dramatic line but by place, time and mood. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema. Read more