Benny's a hipster, moving in and out of Manhattan's beat scene, aimless, maybe close to trouble. His sister Lelia, who looks less African-American than White, is vulnerable and about to fall in love. Hugh, their older brother, is a struggling singer whose agent, Rupert, may be the only person with faith in his talent. The story moves back and forth, like jazz, among the three of them and what seems at first to be separate lives. Lelia meets Tony, and lets herself hope this is true love. Then he meets Hugh and prejudice gives Tony an excuse to cut and run. Can family and friendship bring solace for her hurt, purpose for Benny, and belief in Hugh? Is life more than shadows?
Did You Know?
Director Robert Rossen had been lobbied on behalf of Cassavetes (then a young struggling actor in New York) for the title role in his film Alexander the Great (1956). Rossen rejected him for the role but they became good friends. When Cassavetes began work on Shadows, Rossen would sit in on most of Shadows' early shooting, helping Cassavetes in every way he could - teaching him how to light, how to load a magazine and position a camera. See more
I need the key for 042!
You can't get it, Elaine's not in.
Where is she?
She's dealing with the raccoons, man.
Cassavetes screened a finished version of Shadows in 1957 and 1958 that ran 78 minutes. Part of the original negative of this version was used for the 1959 version, which was completely reshot with new actors. In 2002, Prof. Ray Carney of Boston University discovered the only remaining 16mm copy of this earlier version. See more
Written by Jack Ackerman
, Hunt Stevens and Eleanor Winters See more