Shadows And Fog (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  

USA, 1991.  .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Woody Allen really misfires in this Kafka-esque comedy that only his diehard fans will truly enjoy (and even then they’ll have to work hard at it). He wastes a giant celebrity cast in telling the story of a whining nebbish (Allen, of course) who is forced to help track down a serial killer of German expressionistic proportions who has been strangling townspeople with piano wire. Wandering around a very foggy, moodily photographed city, Allen runs into a circus performer () who has just run away from her job to seek a better life and the two of them move in and out of the lives of a variety of characters while hoping to solve the issue of the madman on the loose.  Beautiful to look at and the cast is terrific, but it makes very little impression.

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