Woody Allen film shot atmospherically in black and white and set presumably sometime in the late nineteenth century. A strangler is committing a series of murders. Woody Allen's character, Kleinman, is co-opted into a vigilante gang to catch the killer. Meanwhile, at the local circus, Irmy, the sword-swallower (Mia Farrow) has an fight with her boyfriend, the clown (John Malkovich), when she finds him making love to the acrobat (Madonna). Irmy runs away and is welcomed into the brothel for a meal. When a group of students arrive, one of them, Jack (John Cusack), persuades her to sleep with him for $700. The other prostitutes include Kathy Bates and Jodie Foster. All the while the killer is on the loose. Also includes brief appearances by John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Julie Kavner (the voice of Marge Simpson), and Donald Pleasance as the doctor who carries out autopsies on the murder victims.
Nugget: mildly amusing, beautifully lit and shot, but not one of Allen's best.