Cassavetes, seeking to both deal with social issues and create a new kind of cinema, told a story about a family of black siblings in Manhattan trying to make ends meet. See more » Improvised by the cast, shot in black and white, John Cassavetes's first independent feature, Shadows, looked like no other film of its time. Shadows John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. John Cassavetes was one of these authors-directors and his movies are already classics. Shot in black and white, with unknown actors, in the streets of New-York, SHADOWS is a magistral first movie. Like his later critically acclaimed films Faces and Husbands, Cassavetes fills the screen with probing, unflattering closeups. Shadows was John Cassavetes' first directorial effort. 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. A few weeks ago, Pioneer has presented SHADOWS, the first movie of John Cassavetes, in the DVD standard. Cassavetes screened a finished version of Shadows in 1957 and 1958 that ran 78 minutes.