Shadows ★★★½

breaking in my cassavetes boxset with his directorial debut, SHADOWS, a probe into the complications of interracial relationships in late 50s new york. the erratic jazz score is a definite highlight, brilliantly mirroring the improvisational nature of the dialogue — makes sense that cassavetes and cast came up with the roots for the film in acting workshops, as some scenes do have the exploratory, push-pull dynamic of a drama school exercise. yeah, it’s a bit sloppy overall, but when you’re helping to pioneer the independent film movement, slack can be cut!