In a Mexican town, Ricardo Reyes prepares for breakfast with his family. He looks out at the sky and enjoys the bustle of the crowd. His wife Maria warns him not to jinx it. A director and his full crew pull up and the director, Lazlo, starts ordering his men to set up the locale for filming a commercial and obsessed about the lighting. Over Maria's objections, Ricardo calls out to Lazlo and tries to get his attention. The director ignores him and Ricardo notices that his son Tomas is watching. Ricardo goes down to the stairs of his house where Lazlo is trying to film his shot and tells them to leave. Lazlo tries to bribe him but Ricardo refuses and orders his son into the house. When it's clear he won't back down, Lazlo orders his men to move down the street while Ricardo explains to the model, Kirsten, that he would have been satisfied if Lazlo had asked permission. Lazlo sarcastically asks permission and Ricardo refuses, saying he needs to learn good manners...Read the full recap
Lazlo: In all my years in the film industry, no one has behaved as that man is behaving.
Ricardo Reyes: It is past time someone behaved. I am the one.
Lazlo: Who do you think you are?
Ricardo Reyes: I did not know 'til now. I came upon myself by surprise. As long as there is one man like me in a town of ten thousand, the world will go on. Without me... chaos.
Ricardo Reyes: And we shall sit, eating and talking. Not photographs, not backdrops, not paintings, not stage furniture, any of us. But in our own way, actors, all of us. Very fine actors indeed.
Changes from the short story:
* The title is inexplicably changed, from "Shadow" to "Shaddow."
* Lazlo's character in the short story is unnamed.
* The character of Vincent doesn't exist in the story.