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Shadows: Not All Black and White

March 2nd, 2011 by Elizabeth Saltzman · Uncategorized

After watching John Cassavetes’s Shadows, I found the central themes of the narrative quite interesting. The story centers around three main characters, who are siblings. Taking place in the “beatnik” era in New York City, we are swept into the characters’ world, trying to figure out what exactly that entails. Most of the time, I felt as if I were indeed seeing “shadows,” as most of the other characters appear and disappear, creating minor waves in the narrative. One of the main conflicts in the story focuses on race, but that doesn’t seem to be the dominating effect of the film. To me, the narrative is not as significant as the actual film itself. While the characters come and go, the overall meaning and style of Shadows remains, drawing the audience in to this foreign, counterculture society. The characters are hip and sophisticated, but they are submerged in the gritty, turbulent times of leaving adolescence and sustaining a successful adulthood. And so much emotion! With each close up, Cassavetes’s characters convey a myriad thoughts without the need of dialogue. To me, this is one of the reasons why Shadows is so special.

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February 21st, 2011 by Elizabeth Saltzman · Uncategorized

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