Shadows and Fog

Shadows and Fog

DVD - 2005
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Kleinman, a cowardly clerk recruited to help find a murderer, meets a woman and her boyfriend, a clown, running away from the circus. Kleinman decides to help them escape, abandoning the search for the murderer, but his choice only gets them all involved.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, [c2005].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780792848967
0792848969
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 85 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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pter2000
Jul 23, 2014

This is Woody Allen's best film. I've seen it a dozen times and am about to watch it again. In Woody's original version of the book "Without Feathers'" a good chunk of the movie can be found in play form under the title "God." In later additions of the book the play was taken out, probably because of conflicts with the publisher for the play script. Many absolutely hilarious moments are entwined with weighty matters. This film is definitely in my "Top 5 All-time Movies."

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Isley
Jul 01, 2014

Though each part holds up fairly well, the whole thing reeks of pretension. As an excuse to shoot a bunch of “shadows,” “fog,” and Kafkaesque situations, I suppose it works about as well as it has any right to.

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biffblack
Mar 30, 2014

Smells. Neck in neck with the unwatchable Curse of the Jade Scorpion, this is the absolute LOW point of Woody's cinematic career. Bad script. Good actors have *nothing* to do while the lion's share of screen time was given over to the worthless old ham Donald Pleasance, whose very presence makes Shadows & Fog seem like a Halloween sequel. Maybe if Lily Tomlin had played Pleasance's role, this wouldn't have been so bad. Just about any movie that has Pleasance in it should be avoided AT ALL COSTS; of course, his movies were usually terrible for other reasons, too, yet why subject yourself to his painful lack of talent alongside the other horrors in Badham's Dracula (where DP's cruddy acting stood out like a sore thumb next to Langella, Nelligan, and Olivier) or Polanski's embarrassing bore Cul-de-Sac.

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

A meandering, mediocre film noir spoof with a large smorgasbord of cameos from 'A' & 'B' list actors. I selected it based on the cast, but Woody Allen's typically droll and whining style of writing/'acting' (although perhaps that's his true self) ruined it for me. It's too bad - it had potential...

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tara2054
Aug 18, 2011

Another brilliant movie. Well worth watching all of the actors having a marvellous time. A great study of the mob mentality, discrimination and a picture of where that type of stupid thinking is best generated--in the dark and in the fog and in the shadows.

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

Clown: "...We never know when we have a good thing... we always have to ruin it!" Student Jack: "I know exactly how you feel... The Earthly paradise known as 'Woman'." Clown: "All we'll ever know of Heaven." Student Jack: "All we need know of Hell."

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Monolith
Mar 10, 2012

Kleinman: "...A deranged person is supposed to have the strength of ten men. I have the strength of one small boy... with polio..."

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