Rent Shadows and Fog (1991)

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1h 22min
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Synopsis:
Recruited by an inept mob of vigilantes, Kleinman (Woody Allen), a cowardly clerk, is forced to search for a notorious murderer - only to stumble upon a feisty sword-sallower, Irmy (Mia Farrow), running away from the circus, and her 'clownish' boyfriend (John Malkovich). Determined to help Irmy, and eager to escape the vigilantes, Kleinman abandons his search for the killer or so he thinks. Rushing headlong into the odious night, Kleinman and Irmy are launching into a mysterious world of shadows and fog from which they may never emerge.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Greenhut
Writers:
Woody Allen
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/04/2002
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2017
Run Time:
86 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Shadows and Fog

Extended sketch. - Shadows and Fog review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
15/02/2021

This slight horror film pastiche (loosely based on Woody's brief early one act play called Death) disappeared without much trace between two major Allen classic dramas in Crimes and Misdemeanours and Husbands and Wives.

It sets a Kafkaesque nightmare inside the look of German Expressionism, which is a good fit, but the film feels like an extended sketch, with all the superficiality of character that implies. Woody is woken up in the night time (in an unspecified location in about the 1920s) and coerced to join a vigilante group seeking out a serial killer, and  becomes suspected himself for vague frivolous reasons.

 The film looks great in inky, clinging black and white with the deep shadows swallowing up and releasing the searching townspeople. The music of Kurt Weill performed in a variety of styles deepens the atmosphere.

There is an amazing cast of actors playing supporting roles and cameos, including genre great Donald Pleasence. And it's a blast to see Woody back in his stand up persona. Shadows and Fog is fun over its brief running time, but it's not a film that lingers long in the memory.

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