Shadowman ★★★★

Countless scenarios from crime serials and the aesthetic of 60s eurospy/supervillain movies are thrown into a narrative that flows more like a dream than a thriller. A parade of men in masks, secret passages, hidden treasures, burglaries, murders, zombie henchmen, and myriad other intrigues barely connect to each other, but make for some striking images and lunatic thrills. It's as if all of the blatantly campy elements of Danger: Diabolik were toned down or whittled away. What's left is a sincere, "gentle parody" (in the words of the screenwriter). Depending on your taste in movies, this may be either a terrible thing or a wonderful thing. I love both approaches.

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