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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Kirby, David Ogden Stiers, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Joseph Hartwick, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:
Original theatrical trailer.
Interactive menu screens and chapter selections.

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Lovely, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Shadows and Fog confirms Woody Allen's 'genius' with its brilliant portrayal of the hopeless - but hilarious - tragicomedy of human existence. Boasting a dazzling galaxy of stars including Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, Madonna, Donald Pleasance, Lily Tomlin, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, John Cusack and Julie Kavner, Shadows and Fog delights with all the fantasy and seriousness, mysterious construction and burlesque complications of a Shakespeare comedy.

Recruited by an inept mob of vigilantes, Kleinman (Allen), a cowardly clerk, is forced to search for a notorious murderer - only to stumble upon a feisty sword-swallower, Irmy (Farrow), running away from the circus, and her 'clownish' boyfriend (Malkovich). Determined to help Irmy, and eager to escape the vigilantes, Kleinman abandons his search for the killer or so he thinks. Rushing headlong into the odious night, Kleinman and Irmy are launched into a mysterious world of shadows and fog from which they may never emerge.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2010
Format: DVD
Another mid-career Allen film unfairly dismissed both by critics and (I must admit) myself at the time of it's release. Sometimes with great filmmakers we get spoiled, and anything flawed or less than pure genius gets maligned for being weaker than that filmmaker's very best work instead of being appreciated for being miles ahead of most of the films that get made.

I was shocked at how much better I liked this on a recent re-viewing almost 20 years after seeing it in the theater. Yes, the super-star cameos still seem a bit distracting and self-serving, but nowhere near as much as in 1992. Yes, some plot elements work better than others, the ending is kind of clunky, etc. But this is still a great-looking, visually dense film, that manages to tread (most of the time) a very difficult tightrope of being funny and playful, while still exploring disturbing themes of paranoia, guilt, crowd mentality, religion, etc. Certainly not a great film, but a brave one more worthy of being enjoyed for it's strengths than attacked for its admitted shortcomings.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Carlström on 1 Nov. 2002
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This one is absolutely awesome. This movie is a must see for anybody who don't despise Woody Allen (either you love him or hate him, luckily I'm among those who love him) This film has such a great mood. The filming, the light, the scenography, in fact anything technical in this production is so perfect that you can sit back and be mesmerized by a very uneasy, yet hilarious plot. It is shot in black and white, which actually help the mood. Alot. This film would be nothing but any other comedy had it been shown in color. And the acting of people like John Malkowich, John Cusack, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster and Mia Farrow are so impressive that when the show is over, you can't help but feel alot better. Actually you can, about everything. When I watched this with my dad, we both were dead tired after a week of little sleep and hard work. But after this movie, we actually woke up, and stayed up for hours.
Trying not to reveal to much of the plot, I will say that it involves a strangler on the loose, and the complications Kleinman (Woody Allen) get's into when he is included in a group of vigilantes who's looking for the murderer, and about a circus performer (an incredibly cute Mia Farrow) and her problems when she runs away from the circus, and try to find her way in the city.
As I said unless you really has nothing but loathing for Woody Allen, you're actually doing yourself a real favor if you see this. It really is brilliant.
And for those out there who hate Allen and his films. What the heck is wrong with you?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 8 Jan. 2011
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The incredibly amusing and at times gripping plot, so typical of Allen's films, combined with the beautiful way in which this film is shot, make it an absolute winner. The choice of black and white was a superb one, the entire film is shot in shades of grey and yet it produces more of a visual delight than the most vivid and brilliant colour cinema ever could.

In my opinion one of the all-time, let alone one of Woody Allen's, best films and most certainly a rare visual delight!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2012
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Woody Allen's 1991 film Shadows and Fog is undoubtedly a very intriguing film, with strong technical links back to German Expressionism, but, for me, the bold visual impression does not lift it above a relatively middling entry in Allen's diverse filmography.

The film is based on Allen's single act play Death and takes the form of a Kafka-esque story with Allen playing paranoid clerk Max Kleinman, who is one of a number of suspects in a recent spate of murders taking place in a Transylvania-like landscape, beautifully filmed by one of Allen's regular cinematographer's Carlo Di Palma (best known for his work with Antonioni). As the film title suggests, the action takes place in a dark, shadowy, foggy backdrop which creates a creepy atmosphere, visually reminiscent of German Expressionist films such as those of F.W.Murnau and Fritz Lang and, more recently, the early films of David Lynch, such as Eraserhead and The Elephant Man. In Kleinman's attempts to evade his pursuing vigilante gang and to understand why he is the subject of their pursuit, he comes across Irmy (played by Mia Farrow), a sword swallower, part of a travelling circus in the area, who has deserted her erstwhile circus clown boyfriend (John Malkovich). Kleinman and Irmy embark on a series of a misadventures, including an hilarious sequence in which Irmy finds herself in the local brothel, where she is finally tempted (for $700) to sleep with John Cusack's rich and philosophical beatnik student Jack.

Allen has certainly assembled an all-star cast for the film, with impressive turns by Donald Pleasance as the doctor, Lily Tomlin as one of the whores, and Allen regular Julie Kavner, as the unfortunate Alma, who Kleinman stood up at the marriage altar, for which Alma has clearly not forgiven him.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 18 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
A title as descriptive as it is oblique, Shadows and Fog is Allen's playful ode to German expressionism, Franz Kafka, and Kurt Weil. Though not as successful as other films of his from the same era, particularly Husbands and Wives and Manhattan Murder Mystery, it regardless remains something of a sadly neglected curio in his directorial cannon, with Allen creating a film that is visually stunning and thematically quite fascinating, despite the occasional lapses in terms of script and overall performance.
The film draws heavily on the dual influences of Kafka's novel the Trial and the Fritz Lang film M, as Allen - here cast as the neurotic existentialist Max Kleinmann - finds himself embroiled in the search for a vicious serial killer stalking the nocturnal streets of an unnamed amalgamation of archaic Eastern-European cities. Ultimately, the nervy and intellectual Kleinmann becomes the number one suspect in the case, hounded by both police and lynch mobs alike, and forced to escape into the dangerous night with a beautiful sword-swallower named Irmy, who has left the circus to get away from her adulterous and patronising boyfriend. The two characters form the dual arc of the story, with their paths crossing throughout... whilst simultaneously, acting as links back and forth between the various subplots and supporting characters.
Allen's ultimate failing with the film is that he casts his net a little too wide, introducing characters for no real reason and then forgetting about them before we even get to know them. It also doesn't help matters much that he decides to fill every single role, no matter how short or insubstantial, with an A-list actor.
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