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Shadows (1959)

John Cassavetes’ jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

The story revolves around Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light-skinned black woman living in New York City with her two brothers, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man.

Their relationship crumbles when Tony meets Lelia’s brother Hugh (Hugh Herd), a talented dark-skinned jazz singer who is struggling to find work, and discovers that Lelia is actually black.

Shot on location in Manhattan with an amateur cast and crew, Cassavetes’ Shadows is a visionary work and a landmark in the history of American independent film.

Ben 
Ben Carruthers
Lelia
Lelia Goldoni
Hugh
Hugh Hurd
Tony Russell
Anthony Ray
Dennis
Dennis Sallas
Tom
Tom Reese
David
David Pokitillow
Rupert
Rupert Crosse
Davey
Davey Jones
Sam
Pir Marini
Vickie
Victoria Vargas
Jacki
Jacqueline Walcott

Director
John Cassavetes