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Shadows and Fog

Shadows and Fog (1991)


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Woody Allen's black-and-white curiosity piece is a mixture of influences -- from German silent film expressionism to Franz Kafka's nightmare worlds to the contemporary fables of Wim Wenders. Woody Allen plays the nebbish clerk Kleinman (in a throwback to his characters from Sleeper and Love and Death), who is awakened in the middle of the night by a vigilante group who want him to help capture a serial killer on the loose. Kleinman reluctantly agrees, but when he gets to the street, the


Drama, Comedy

Woody Allen

Jun 5, 2001

Orion Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (11) | DVD (10)

Shadows and Fog is Woody Allen's first mystery movie. The mystery: what caused this total breakdown of a unique artist?

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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An artistic and commercial misstep, this b/w tribute to German Expressionism wastes the talents of Jodie Foster, Lily Tomlin, Kathy Bates, and many others.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (3)

Has few laughs.

July 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautiful vintage Woody.

December 19, 2005 | Comment (1)

When woody was goody.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

...never really amounts to much, though it does look great...

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

Bizarre, underrated Allen film.

November 25, 2002 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Leaves you hanging at the end, but it's fun putting your head in the noose.

November 13, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Shadows and Fog

Yet another Woody Allen vehicle centered around his trademark Semitic neurosis ...and yet again I smile and laugh and applaud. What is wrong with me??
February 26, 2012
Randy Tippy

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Shadows and Fog, Woody's love letter to German Expressionism, boasts some cleverly detailed mise-en-scenes and 20s inspired shot scales, but it's little more than a replication.
February 25, 2012
Jonathan Hutchings

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I'm not a HUGE fan of Woddy Allen's work, my general problem is primarily his presence on screen.

While I can appreciate his work as a director / writer, I feel that as an actor he is a one trick pony. And unfortunately that "pony" is a sad, annoying and pathetic putz. Which can be good for a chuckle once in awhile and in the right context, but when it's all that you ceases to ammuse.

While he is slightly less annoying (then usual) here, I feel that his presence really detracts from the film.

Aside from that...the film is beautifully shot and wonderfully cast. The music is amamzing and perfectly suited to compliment the look and feel that Allen was going for.

I would have to say that while I haven't seen ALL of his films, of the handfull that I have seen...this is probably one of my top three "Woody Allen Films".
April 1, 2009
Robert C

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This movie is kind of boring. And all that fog doesn't help. Sorry, Woody.
December 1, 2008

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