Shadows Reviews

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July 9, 2020
There is humor, pathos, romance, suspense, a back-alley brawl. The on-location backgrounds of Times Square, Greenwich Village, subways, cafeterias, bus terminals, add a great deal to the degree of realism.
January 31, 2020
I found it most intriguing by its unusual qualities and new approach.
January 11, 2020
Shadows is not a film in which issues need to be resolved. It captures the tensions of its society on a vividly expressive level, and that is its strength.
July 12, 2019
Results in a lyrical realism, fresh and spontaneous.
November 18, 2017
[Shadows is] so far ahead of all Hollywood and independent films that once you've seen [it] you can no longer look at the official cinema: you know that American cinema can be more sensitive and intelligent.
Top Critic
September 27, 2015
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.
August 1, 2015
An impressionistic whirl worth a thousand fumbled words
April 18, 2014
Cassavetes' startling debut piece.
June 16, 2011
In this experimental film, Cassavetes' approach and a cast of unknowns brought a new sense of realism to the American cinema.
September 22, 2010
It's Cassavetes's auspicious debut film as director.
February 14, 2009
The Beat generation espoused a rejection of mainstream American values, and John Cassavetes's Shadows feels like a relic from that movement.
December 8, 2008
a cinematic improvisation (as the end credits mention) of amateur vitality
May 30, 2007
Even decades later, it has a spark of exciting newness about it.
April 29, 2007
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.
August 29, 2006
Its importance in the development of the American independent movement cannot be overstated, nor can the unique power it still retains.
June 24, 2006
A very modern, impressionistic snapshot of New York bohemia with scenes linked not by dramatic line but by place, time and mood.
February 6, 2006
May 9, 2005
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.
May 4, 2005
The film's underlying strength is its wrenching portrait of resigned despair over the world's inescapable prejudice.
March 1, 2005
Regardless of the veracity of the improvisational claim, Shadows is a remarkable film.
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