A small and insignificant bookkeeper, Kleinman, is awoken one night by his neighbors who wants his help to track down a strangler who has been killing people all over town. The citizens form vigilance committees, but when Kleinman has dressed, his neighbors have disappeared. Meanwhile a circus has come to town. Irmy and Paul are two of the artists. After a fight, Irmy leaves the circus in the middle of the night. Eventually she meets Kleinman, scared and alone.Written by
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". See more »
Kleinman, Kleinman, open up! Kleinman! We know you're in there!
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Clever, if (intentionally) derivative satire with great performances.
A stellar cast, lovely B&W cinematography, funny dialogue (mostly taken from Allen's play "Death"), a wonderful score of the music of Kurt Weill, a mild satire of Kafka, etc. Reviled by many -- I loved it.
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