Dim and Dimmer: “Shadows and Fog” (1992)

shadows-and-fog-1991      One of the antagonizing characteristics of Woody Allen’s professional career is that instead of focusing on his unique and admirable strengths, he continually strives to emulate the works of his idols. In “Shadows and Fog” his imitative goals are two-fold:  first to create an homage to German Expressionist cinema, especially the works  Murnau, Pabst and Lang, secondly, to emulate the absurdist, existential satire of Franz Kafka. In both paths he fails miserably. Visually, the film is almost impenetrably foggy…and dark. So dark, in fact, the visual design lapses the film into a pointless obscurity so severe it neither usefully functions as homage nor as parody; it simply becomes impossible to discern what is going on under all of the colossal murk.
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Dim and Dimmer: “Shadows and Fog” (1992)

  1. Teepee12 says:

    I didn’t like his last few movies. Guess I’ll skip this one, too.

    • Oh, don’t go by what I say….hey, wait a minute, that’s exactly what you should do. Even by the standards of some of Allen’s lesser efforts, this is a dismal affair. Unpleasant actually, with a metaphysical ending which, I’m certain, he intends to be profound, but is merely a lot of noise signifying nothing. Of his later films, I found myself enjoying “Small Time Crooks”, not that it isn’t a slight effort, but Elaine May is genuinely amusing.

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