Shadows and Fog
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Woody Allen's black-and-white curiosity piece is a mixture of influences -- from German silent film expressionism to Franz Kafka's nightmare worlds to the contemporary fables of Wim Wenders. Woody Allen plays the nebbish clerk Kleinman (in a throwback to his characters from Sleeper and Love and Death), who is awakened in the middle of the night by a vigilante group who want him to help capture a serial killer on the loose. Kleinman reluctantly agrees, but when he gets to the street, the vigilantes are gone and Kleinmen spends most of the film wandering the shadowy back alleys in search… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shadows and Fog is Woody Allen's first mystery movie. The mystery: what caused this total breakdown of a unique artist?"
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"Beautiful vintage Woody."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Bizarre, underrated Allen film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"When woody was goody."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Leaves you hanging at the end, but it's fun putting your head in the noose."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Has few laughs."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...never really amounts to much, though it does look great..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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