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Shadows and Fog (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 March 1992 (USA)
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With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Kirby ... Killer
Woody Allen ... Kleinman
David Ogden Stiers ... Hacker
James Rebhorn ... Vigilante
Victor Argo ... Vigilante
Daniel von Bargen ... Vigilante (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Camille Saviola Camille Saviola ... Landlady
Tim Loomis Tim Loomis ... Dwarf
Katy Dierlam Katy Dierlam ... Fat Lady
Mia Farrow ... Irmy
John Malkovich ... Clown
Madonna ... Marie
Dennis Vestunis Dennis Vestunis ... Strongman
Donald Pleasence ... Doctor
Lily Tomlin ... Prostitute
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Storyline

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 Mattias Thuresson

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sombras y niebla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,111,314, 20 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,735,731
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The twelfth of thirteen cinema movie collaborations of actress Mia Farrow and actor-writer-director Woody Allen. See more »

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[first lines]
Hacker: Kleinman, Kleinman, open up! Kleinman! We know you're in there!
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Referenced in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

When the White Lilacs Bloom Again
(1928)
Music by Franz Doelle
Poem by Fritz Rotter
Performed by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra (as The Jack Hylton Orchestra)
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Vintage Woody (either you love him or hate him there is no inbetween)
29 December 1998 | by NimboSee all my reviews

This excellent black and white, set perhaps in Berlin in the 20's has no conclusion, only vignettes in the period from midnight to dawn. The city is engulfed in fear. A serial killer is at large..

The camera shots illicit tension. All is shrouded in dark and murky unusual camera angles. The outdoor scenes are always somewhat blurred and slightly out of focus adding to the climate of fear.

There is no plot per se, only chance meetings between participants. Of note is the conversation in the whorehouse, stimulating and extremely thought provoking. Woody's use of a revolving camera in the shot from face around to face around to face while the girls talk and the conversation is heard no matter on whom the camera is focused, -- this is a first. The viewer needs to pay extreme attention. Moreover the background music of Kurt Weill adds so much to the ambience.

Seeing this now makes me wish wholeheartedly that Woody and Mia never had that horrible unpleasantness between them. Now the future forebodes there never being such a pairing. We all do suffer, including them.

I say this film deserves a 10 out of 10 and the critics be damned. So many critics are prone to criticize every theatrical offering of Woody just because of his personal behavior.


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