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Shadows (1959)

 -  Drama  -  18 March 1961 (Denmark)
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Carruthers ...
Ben
Lelia Goldoni ...
Hugh Hurd ...
Anthony Ray ...
Dennis Sallas ...
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Tom (as Tom Allen)
David Pokitillow ...
Rupert Crosse ...
David Jones ...
Davey (as Davey Jones)
Pir Marini ...
Pir the Piano Player
Victoria Vargas ...
Jack Ackerman ...
Jack, Director of Dance Studio
Jacqueline Walcott ...
Cliff Carnell
Jay Crecco
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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This caused a stir as it fairly explicitly showed an unmarried couple in a post-coital position and its suggestion that a young woman would actively seek out sex. See more »

Quotes

Tony: I need the key for 042!
David: You can't get it, Elaine's not in.
Rupert: Where is she?
David: She's dealing with the raccoons, man.
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"Presented by Jean Shepherd's Night People" See more »

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Segregation
20 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would like to comment on how this movie exposes the lie that only the South had institutional racism, and also from my experience segregation was nationwide, it was not just in the South, this is historical revisionism. One of my first memories is as a child, I'm three years old, my grandmother who was a nurse, I was born in LA. She is holding my hand, and we are going to a Department store in Downtown LA, it has to be 1968..it was the first time I had seen a black person..I was entering the store with my grandmother, and in the corner of my left eye I saw this black figure,(apparently they had a separate entrance) it shocked me I had never seen a black person, or even knew that they existed...my grand mother rushed me into the store, and didn't tell me anything, she tried to act like I didn't see what I saw..in Los Angeles there was segregation of public restaurants, department stores etc..this is the truth..the Watts riots in LA county in 1965..erupted because black people were tired of being refused service in diners,..I didn't learn about this until years later..(they lied to us in school as a child) stores, etc...


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