‘Shadows And Fog‘ is the 20th film written and directed by Woody Allen.
This is one of the strangest films in Woody Allen’s canon. It’s a 90 minute, black and white allegorical play about death and religion. Lucky for Woody Allen that by this point, it had been decades since he had to pitch a film to anyone.
Woody Allen stars as Kleinman, returning to being the sole lead for the first time since … He lives in a town that resembles old German experimental films by directors such as Fritz Lang. It’s a strange allergorical place – always night, always foggy, and it looks like some strange abstract version of Victorian London. The town is plagued by a killer. Kleinman has been roped in to search for the killer, but is given little or no facts to work with, and soon left on his own.
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Cast & Crew
- Mia Farrow‘s twelfth appearance in a row in an Allen film. She would appear in one more.
- Julie Kavner‘s fifth time working with Allen since 1986. She would return for Deconstructing Harry.
- Wallace Shawn‘s third time working with Allen. He would return for two more (The Curse Of the Jade Scorpion and Melinda And Melinda)
- John Cusack makes his first appearance in an Allen film. He would be back for Bullets Over Broadway.
- Kathy Bates would work again with Allen in Midnight In Paris, 20 years later.
- David Ogden Stiers would return for three more Allen films – Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You and The Curse Of the Jade Scorpion. He appeared earlier in Another Woman.
- This film is filled with famous cameos. Amongst them William H Macy, John C Reilly, Kurtwood Smith and Lily Tomlin.
- Parker Posey auditioned for an unspecified role.
- A tender tribute to German expressionist cinema.
- Based on a one act play by Allen called ‘Death‘, which was published in his book Without Feathers.
- This was Allen’s final film with Orion Pictures, who released every Allen film since A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (11 in all). The company was set up by former staff of United Artists, who handled Allen’s films previous. Orion fell into business difficulties around this point, and soon filed for bankruptcy. 11 films still stands as Allen’s longest run with one studio.
- In the UK, this film was actually held back and released after Husbands And Wives.
Locations (show map)
- Filmed on a 26,000 square set at the Kaufman Astoria Studio in Queens. It is the largest film set ever built in New York, and it made it Allen’s most expensive film at the time.