Woody Allen's homage to German expressionism, Kurt Weill and Kafka may be one of his most under appreciated films. Allen's journey into Kafkaesque nightmare is full of wonderful moments with a myriad of performers. Carlo di Palma's cinematography is aces here. ' I can't even make a leap of faith to believe in my own existence'
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Aside from the gorgeous photography, the cast of Shadows and Fog is one of the most impressive Allen has put together to date, even if most of them are underused. I know this was supposed to be a nod to German expressionist filmmakers but it felt like there was a hint of low-key Chaplin thrown into the story. I loved the brothel scenes bit roles. One of Allen's more underrrated movies.
This is probably one of my favorite movies from Allen, and yet is so underrated and everyone loves to shit in it while praising all those boring middle-class pseudo-intelectual drama-comedies he makes these days. A charming homage to german expresionism.
Occasionally creaky, and it seems to have a reputation as one of Woody's lesser efforts, so I'm probably in the minority on this, but I found it genuinely enjoyable on an aesthetic level of gaslamps and lurkers, and slightly touching on a philosophical one.
As a comedy it fails. But as an expressionistic Kafka-esque nightmare is mildly succeeds. The large # of cameos, some more memorable than others, further adds to the disjointed & nightmarish quality of the film.
A beautifuly shot Kafkian(on reverse) tale. Not one of his great movies, but an enjoyable and shot ride! And what an amazing supporting cast, I just wish the movie could go longer so the rest of the cast could have more screen time!