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John Cassavetes’ directorial debut revolves around an interracial romance between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light-skinned black woman living in New York City with her two brothers, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship crumbles when Tony meets Lelia’s brother Hugh (Hugh Hurd), a talented dark-skinned jazz singer struggling to find work, and discovers the truth about Lelia’s racial heritage. Shot on location in Manhattan with a cast and crew made up primarily of amateurs, Cassavetes’ Shadows is a visionary work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.

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Special Features Restored high-definition digital transfer Video interviews with actress Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel Rare silent 16 mm footage of John Cassavetes and Burt Lane’s acting workshop Restoration demonstration Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos Theatrical trailer English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1961 article by Cassavetes

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