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SHADOWS AND FOG

Directed and Written by Woody Allen

Shadows and Fog is most obviously an exercise in style, a beautifully made tribute to the expressionistic cinema of 1920s Germany. It's all here: a homicidal maniac stalking the menacing night streets of a nameless, timeless city; a circus and a brothel populated by fringe figures who, naturally, are less hypocritical socially and sexually than the police, the church and the bourgeoisie; a score that features the music of Kurt Weill; lighting and a camera that pay homage to the whole Weimar school of cinematography.

In its way, this is an extremely...