If you lust for adventure movies with a car chase, guns, explosives and choppers, look elsewhere. As a Woody Allen classic, Shadows and Fog is totally different - out-of-the-box, fun, edgy, bizarre, masterful. As Allen's tribute to German Expressionism, it asks more questions than it answers, like a Franz Kafka novel. The story wraps us in Kleinman's fear of a mystery he can't control, his own lack of confidence, and an ever-present dry wit, while telling parallel tales connecting every character he encounters. Memorable lines roll off every tongue, from the prostitute's dinner table to the late-night bar scene. The treatment of light and shadow is magnificent, adding to the intrigue that pulls us along from the opening scene to the very last moment. Woody Allen ends up a hero ... in a way ... not on purpose ... caught in the moment ... willing to uphold life's illusions.