John Cassavetes‘ debut, an urban New York realism new wave drama, where we follow a group of young beatnicks for a few days. I was very impressed by the great authentic acting and realistic, not always perfectly flowing, but spontaneous dialogue, and then realized that the whole thing is improvised except for the main storyline (to hold it all together). The lines and drama is often similar to the existential tendencies in french new wave, yet in Shadows, everything’s kept more “downtown” realistic, and somehow more personal and raw. A great film.
8 out of 10