Shadows And Fog details
|Starring:||Madonna, Fred Gwynne, Woody Allen, Lily Toml, John Cusack, Donald Pleasence, Julie Kavner, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, John Malkovich, Kate Nelligan, Kenneth Mars, Mia Farrow|
Shadows And Fog
|Run time:||1 hour 22 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Apr 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Was this meant to be a Bergman tribute?By skeadugenga (148 reviews) from Reading , 08 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I like Woody Allen, and I like Ingmar Bergman, but Woody trying to spoof Ingmar??? Didn't work for me - felt sorry for John Malkovitch having to deliver lines as bad as that. Mia Farrow is a pill as usual and I have no idea what John Cusack was thinking of! 2 good things in it - the famous actresses as tarts and the well poisoning joke - otherwise (as its against my principles to bail out in the middle) I just couldn't help wishing it would end so I could go and do something more interesting.
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Allen OverloadBy 5ft7offootballheaven (300 reviews) from London , 30 Apr 2012Its not really acting is it? Its a series of manic, low self esteem diabtribes and pseudo slapstick episodes.
Serious issue of how society deals with minorities runs through the core of it.
Great cast. Little bit boring though.
The Trial of 8 1/2 MetropolitansBy russio (158 reviews) from Harlow , 26 Feb 2012This could be the most three-star film of all time - the benchmark by which all other films are judged in terms of their mediocrity.
I believe it was Einstein who remarked, in response to a proposal from Marilyn Monroe outlining the superiority of a child with his brains and her looks, 'But what if it has my looks and your brains?' Woody wears his influences on his sleeve in this film and serves up a German expressionist (i. e. dark with shafts of light), Felliniesque (set in a circus), Kafkaesque (Who? Me? Why?) mess of pottage, with some 'looks' but very few brains.
In between the odd line of witty dialogue (usually uttered by himself), there are interweaving storylines of a killer on the prowl, competing angry lynch mobs, and a circus troupe with its love trysts. Mia Farrow does a reasonable job playing her usual character (this is not a criticism) and Allen plays his usual self, although with a little less pace and panache than usual. This seems to me to be the moment where the rot set in after Crimes and Misdemeanours. Since then, and the travelling Allen roadshow, none of his films have ever exceeded three stars in my opinion. This is one of the best of them, which is a criticism!
John Malkovich is pretty dire in this, Madonna worse. John Cusack awful, erm - who else was in it? A film of too many ideas, too few executed with skill. I am all for experimentation but this is just flat. Only the fact that Allen is behind it, lifts it out of the mire.
Too much fog...By JA (21 reviews) from Paisley , 07 Jul 2009though a big fan of Woody Allan I have to say this was not his finest moment. He seemed to want to capture the shadowy underworld of 19th century england (?) and, to be fair the sets were convincing to a point but it felt like he lost the plot or the script somewhere along the way. The cast of many - John Cusack, Jodi Foster, Mia Farrow and John Malkovitch were all very good in what they were doing - even Madonna played a convincing, if type cast shady circus lady. But the basic premise of people working together to protect their community in the face of an apparent serial killer was cliched and it loses its way in the foggy concoction of red herrings, sub-plots about relationships, brothels and philosphy. Stopped making sense to me early on and never found its way home after that. Sorry Woody.
Great StoryBy a customer from London , 24 May 2009I've always appreciated Woody's sense of humour in any movies. The highlight in Shadows & Fog is the scene with Julie Kavner - it made me laugh so much. It is so woody... worth the watch, just to see this scene.
interesting styleBy MikeCarterInLondon (151 reviews) from London , 24 Mar 2009Woody does Expressionist thriller? It's not great or particularly funny but fascinating - OK maybe only for anorak film stylists but worth renting to knowingly nod at the visual and verbal references.
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