- exchange between Irmy (Mia Farrow) and a prostitute
"They need illusions like they need the air."
- Magician (Kenneth Mars)
Rolling Stone - 04/16/1992
"...The compassionate eloquence of the film is undeniable..."
New York Times - 03/20/1992
"...Rich, not easily categorized....A mixture of the sincere, the sardonic and the classically sappy..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/27/1992
"...A Great Cast..."
A killer lurks in the dark corners of an odd little European town--a mysterious stranger who brutally strangles his victims. When the circus comes to visit, the madman steps up his pace, commencing a ghastly murder spree. Meanwhile, a nondescript local man named Kleinman finds himself accused of the crimes by an angry mob. And every effort Kleinman makes to clear himself ends up making him look more and more guilty. Woody Allen's black-and-white mood piece is dark and eerie and very funny, with new twists and turns lurking behind each shadow. Once again he has amassed a stellar, eclectic cast, including John Cusack, Kathy Bates, Jodie Foster, Donald Pleasence, John Malkovich, Fred Gwynne, Lily Tomlin, and Madonna, among others.
One night in a European town during the 1920s a strangler is on the loose and a man named Kleinman joins the mob searching for him. When suspicions turn upon Kleinman himself, his night becomes a fantastical succession of surreal episodes and encounters as he seeks safety from the hysterical townspeople.