Shadows. 1959. USA. Written and directed by John Cassavetes. Music by Shafi Hadi, Charles Mingus. With Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd. Cassavetes’s vital, poignant, and humorous story of interracial romance and “passing”—often hailed as an American counterpart to Godard’s Breathless (also 1959)—shattered cinematic conventions with its improvisational acting, jumpy editing, and handheld camerawork in the streets, coffee shops, late-night parties, and sculpture gardens of New York City. 87 min.Friday, July 4, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1Sunday, July 6, 2008, 2:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Mary Harron’s new film (released April 2006) about the life of risque pinup model Bettie Page (starring Gretchen Mol) is packed with musical gems – including Charles Mingus’s “Love Chant.” The tune was originally released on 1956’s Atlantic recording Pithecanterous Erectus, and is now included on the CD soundtrack, along with tracks by Julie London, Patsy Cline, Jeri Southern, Esquival, Artie Shaw, Art Pepper and Hank Ballard.