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Shadows and Fog (1991) Poster

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At US $19 million, this was Woody Allen's most expensive film up to that time.
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As this Woody Allen film was going to be more expensive than one of his usual movies with the large cost of the set constructions, studio Orion Pictures mandated that Allen would need to also appear in the film himself to assist the picture with being bankable.
The film is a homage and tribute to German Expressionist cinema, particularly the works of German filmmakers F.W. Murnau, Georg Wilhelm Pabst and Fritz Lang.
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Filmed on a 26,000-square-foot set at Kaufman-Astoria studios, it holds the distinction of being the biggest set ever built in New York.
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Based on a one-act comedy play called "Death", published in Woody Allen's "Without Feathers" (1972), the play and movie are themselves a pastiche of Franz Kafka's work in general, and of his novel "The Trial" in particular. The film was made and released not long before the 1993 version of Kafka's The Trial (1993).
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Jodie Foster, who plays a prostitute, also played a prostitute in Taxi Driver (1976). Both films also feature character-actor Victor Argo.
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According to website Every Woody Allen Movie, "Woody Allen screened the film with Orion Pictures president Eric Pleskow. Allen said 'he looked like he'd been hit with a mallet after he saw it'. Pleskow was apparently alarmed at the film's aggressive box-office unfriendliness".
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This was the final Woody Allen - Mia Farrow film that the pair made together and released prior to the big scandal surrounding their break-up which played out during the release of their next and final picture [to date, July 2013], Husbands and Wives (1992).
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The film is a homage and tribute to German Expressionist cinema, particularly the works of German filmmakers F.W. Murnau, Georg Wilhelm Pabst and Fritz Lang. Specific individual works of these directors which inspired the film were Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), Pabst's The Joyless Street (1925) and Pandora's Box (1929) , and Lang's M (1931).
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This was Woody Allen's final film for the now-defunct Orion Pictures, most of whose founders had been associated with Allen's movies since his United Artists days.
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When Kleinman gives the money earned by Irmy to the priests there is an old Hungarian 20 forint banknote on top of the batch.
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The movie features a magic show sequence. Woody Allen got his start in show-business performing magic tricks at sixteen years of age.
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Ingmar Bergman films that inspired this picture included The Magician (1958), Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) and The Seventh Seal (1957).
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One of two 1991 films starring Woody Allen. The other film was Scenes from a Mall (1991).
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The large-scale sets were quite expensive, so most of the set was used again and again, since they could be disguised by the dense fog of the scenes.
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The nickname for the serial killer was "The Strangler".
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The character of Kleinman played by Woody Allen is derived from the character of Josef K. / Joseph K. in Franz Kafka's novel "The Trial".
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Woody Allen's first full black-and-white film for seven years, Allen's last complete b&w movie having being Broadway Danny Rose (1984) in 1984. However, Allen's 1985 film The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), made and released six years earlier, was partially filmed in black & white.
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This would be Woody Allen's last black-and-white film for about seven years, until 1998's Celebrity (1998), Allen's final b&w movie to date [as at July 2013].
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Although billed on the poster, Fred Gwynne only gets one line. Similarly, Kate Nelligan - whose name also appears on the poster - only appears in long shot in one scene, shouting from an upstairs window.
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Around the time the movie was made and released, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were in a personal relationship, which had started around 1980.
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The film was shot during November and December 1990 and January and February 1991.
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The movie features two Academy Award Best Actress Oscar winners, Kathy Bates for Misery (1990) and Jodie Foster for The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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After Love and Death (1975), Woody Allen would again utilize the three word title with an "and" middle word on several more occasions. These would be for Husbands and Wives (1992), Shadows and Fog (1991), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Melinda and Melinda (2004) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Love and Death (1975) was Allen's first film in which he used this type of three word title. Similar also was Allen's title for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
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One of a five film collaborations of actor Wallace Shawn and actor-writer-director Woody Allen. The films include _Manhattan_, Radio Days (1987), Shadows and Fog (1991), Melinda and Melinda (2004) and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001).
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A number of the cast were known-well for various horror or thriller genre-related movies. Shadows and Fog (1991) features a killer on the loose, actress Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling confronts a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and had been a killer herself in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976); Donald Pleasence portrays a doctor in this film, Pleasance having played Dr. Loomis in the original "Halloween" horror movie franchise; actress Kathy Bates the previous year had been seen in an Oscar winning Best Actress role as a crazed nurse in Misery (1990), whilst Fred Gwynne had played Fred Munster in the also black-and-white The Munsters (1964).
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After filming Love and Death (1975), the shoot was so difficult filming in Paris and Hungary, Woody Allen vowed never to shoot there again. Interestingly, considering this, Shadows and Fog (1991) is set in Eastern / Central Europe and was not shot there, but on huge sound stages at New York's Astoria Studios. However, Allen in later years has shot in Europe and England. Everyone Says I Love You (1996) was the first Woody Allen directed film since Love and Death (1975) to be shot outside of New York.
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The film was distributed in Europe before its American release in the USA.
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The stateside release of this picture was delayed due to the financial crisis of production house Orion Pictures. Foreign distribution rights for this film were owned by the Columbia Pictures studio, so the picture was easily launched in Europe first without any fiscal problems.
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The film was selected to screen out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 1992.
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The film's soundtrack features a number of Kurt Weill - Bertolt Brecht songs typical of those featured in The 3 Penny Opera (1931) [The Threepenny Opera]
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The film is based on Woody Allen one-act play "Death" which is included in Allen's anthology collection book "Without Feathers". Allen considerably rewrote and expanded this short play for this filmed version. According to the TCMDb, "many characters and incidents have been added, including the brothel and circus sequences. The film also has more of an overt philosophical dimension, and the character of the killer retains his basic menacing quality to the very end, whereas in the play the killer finally becomes a comic figure".
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The film was loosely based on a Woody Allen play called "Death". The earlier Woody Allen movie Love and Death (1975) featured the Death character of The Grim Reaper. Allen is known to be inspired and influenced by Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman who had featured the Grim Reaper 'Death' character in his film The Seventh Seal (1957). Allen would also feature the Grim Reaper "Death" character in Deconstructing Harry (1997). According to website 'Every Woody Allen Movie', the killer character in Shadows and Fog (1991), according to many film reviews, was a representation of "Death" in a personified form.
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One of a number of films starring both John Cusack and John Malkovich. They also appeared in Con Air (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002).
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Madeline Kahn was cast as a circus performer in this film, but her role ended up on the cutting room floor.
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The film was included on film critic Gene Siskel's "Worst Films of the Year" list for 1992.
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The Orion Pictures logo at the start of the film is displayed in black-and-white.
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The picture opened in a number of European territories during February and March 1992, anything up to six weeks prior to its main wide American release stateside in March 1992, though the film did have a limited opening in New York in December 1991.
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The twelfth of thirteen cinema movie collaborations of actress Mia Farrow and actor-writer-director Woody Allen.
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The twenty-second feature film directed by Woody Allen.
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The production budget for the film has been estimated at being US $14 million but the film only took around US $$2,735,731 million in the U.S.A.
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Due to the movie's delayed released in some territories, this film and Allen's next picture, Husbands and Wives (1992), both being distributed via Columbia and Tri-Star Pictures in many territories, were able to be released on double-bills for re-run, sub-run and last-run showings.
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This was the first cinema movie based on a Woody Allen play ["Death"] since Play It Again, Sam (1972), a gap of around nineteen to twenty years when the movie was first released.
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The name of the central European town is never disclosed.
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The entire picture is set during night-time.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jodie Foster, Woody Allen and Kathy Bates; and five Oscar nominees: John Malkovich, John C. Reilly, Kate Nelligan, William H. Macy and Lily Tomlin.
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Co-stars Kathy Bates and John Cusack share the same birthday: June 28th.
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The amount of money that wealthy student Jack (John Cusack) paid Irmy (Mia Farrow) for personal services was $700.
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The movie features a large number of guest star cameo appearances.
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According to the TCMDb, the film was "originally scheduled for release in United Kingdom October 23, 1992, but pushed back to 1993 to make way for Allen's controversial Husbands and Wives (1992) (USA/1992)".
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John C. Reilly: As a Cop at the Police Station.
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William H. Macy: As a Cop with Spiro, billed as W.H. Macy.
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Madonna: As the tightrope artist Marie.
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Kate Nelligan: As Eve.
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Fred Gwynne: As one of Hacker's Followers.
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