Shadows and Fog

Kafka’s work always are ripe fodder for filmmakers. Woody Allen gives it a good go in this film, in particular with The Trial. Woody Allen’s films fall into three camps: absolutely amazing, pretty good entertainment, and lame. This film falls squarely into pretty good entertainment. Although this film does not bring anything unique to the genre he plays with or to the characters he deals with, I do have to admit that I love to watch Woody Allen bumble around. This gives him the perfect opportunity to. He plays a bookkeeper who gets woken up in the middle of the night by his neighbors in order to bring him into a plan to catch a serial killer. They tell him that they have a mission for him, but when he tries to meet up with them later, he keeps being misinformed. He then meets a runaway from the circus and they explore the town late at night through the shadows and the fog. This film also deals with the outright malice to Jewish people who happened during the late 1800s and early 1900s until World War II. It deals with prostitution, love vs. lust and babies.  This film showcases some of the best character actors including Wallace Shawn, John Malkovich, Donald Pleasance, and Lily Tomlin. It is a good film. If you don’t have anything better to do for the next hour and half, I would suggest watching this film.

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