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Shadows and Fog is Woody Allen's first mystery movie. The mystery: what caused this total breakdown of a unique artist?
What does Allen intend in this superficially humorous, even cute film about a fearful little quipster running about dark, frightening, cobbled streets?
The sets and camerawork are astounding, and film and literature buffs will have fun spotting the references. But the circus-related material is thin, the philosophic pontificating is atypically glib, and the all-star cast is given precious little to do.
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.
Has few laughs.
Beautiful vintage Woody.
When woody was goody.
...never really amounts to much, though it does look great...
Bizarre, underrated Allen film.
Leaves you hanging at the end, but it's fun putting your head in the noose.
Lesser Woody seems to be trying to evoke Pandora's Box but while it's filled with gifted performers they are the wrong ones to fit into the style he is seeking. A miss.
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??
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.
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 do...it 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".
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