Shadows in the City (1991)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Fantasy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Taking an avant-garde approach, experimental Russian painter turned director Ari Roussimoff creates an offbeat addition to the horror genre. Troubled, doomed Paul returns to his home in an oppressive and stylized Manhattan (filmed in black and white) after spending time with a traveling carnival. As he wanders the gloomy streets in search of love and acceptance, he muses about the correlation between the grim fates of his family and his own destiny. Both his brother and his mother killed themselves, and now Paul sees the Spirit of Death beckoning him to do the same. He does not realize that Death is really only offering him more of the same.



alienation, death, death-in-family, destiny, fate, friendship, ghost, hopelessness, oppression, search, stream-of-consciousness, suicide, biker, carnival, desperation, prostitute/prostitution, urban


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