Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1991. Orion Pictures. Screenplay by Woody Allen. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Produced by Robert Greenhut. Production Design by Santo Loquasto. Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland. Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.
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 (Mia Farrow) 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.