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Zelig

Woody Allen , Mia Farrow , Woody Allen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The thinking person's Forrest Gump, Woody Allen's 1983 Zelig is a funny, atmospheric mock-documentary about the collision of one man's manifest neuroses colliding with key moments in 20th-century history. Allen plays the title character, a self-effacing, timorous fellow with such a porous personality that he physically becomes a reflection of whoever he is with. Complex and painstaking, the film's pre-Gump special effects manage to place Allen, buried under a series of makeup and prosthetic guises, in a number of scenes along with Adolf Hitler at a Nazi rally, a pope at the Vatican, and famous guests at a garden party hosted by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Similar in tone and satire to some of Allen's short, comic pieces published in The New Yorker magazine, Zelig is a one-note movie that takes its delicious time establishing the fullness of its central joke. It's well worth the wait. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Woody Allen Mockumentary March 7 2003
Format:DVD
"Zelig" is quite probably the most experimental of all of Woody Allen's movies. It a mockumentary about Leonard Zelig, a man whose features could change to look like whomever he is with at the time. It's a skilled comedy, with some impressive special effects scene (Woody Allen clowning around with Charlie Chaplin and Babe Ruth), along with some interesting stock footage, film parodies, and bizarre musical numbers. While the middle section of the film (focusing on Zelig's therapy) sags a bit, the rest of the film more than makes up for it.
Being a Woody Allen film, there are very few frills on this, other than a booklet and a trailer (which shows quite well how unmarketable the movie was - hence the box office failure). The picture and sound are supposed to be rather scratchy, so there is very little that the DVD can do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Woody's very best April 14 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Amazing technically, with a lot to say about society, conformity, and how we see ourselves.

This brilliantly made mock documentary about a 'human chameleon' in the 1920s and 30s who unconsciously changes his appearance in a desperate attempt to fit in and be liked, is hilarious and heartbreaking, often at the same time.

Some of the visual effects are still astounding by modern standards. And Allen gives a performance that is surprisingly subtle.

There are a few slow moments, and a few jokes feel self-conscious, but not enough to hurt the film in any way. This is tied with 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' and 'Hannah and her Sisters' for my 2nd favorite Allen film behind 'Annie Hall'.

One of the greatest films by one of our greatest filmmakers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this little gem of a film July 18 2004
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Some critics said it was too long, and the joke ran thin. To me that describes Forrest Gump. Some critics thought it was a no-concept movie. To me that describes Forrest Gump. To me this is Woody as a virtuoso filmmaker, though not the sort that Tarentino is pegged. The film makes a very true point about fame, about nostalgia, and most of all about conformity in a world that's always proud to show off its nonconformity (note the opening montage about how this was "the jazz age") but which is at bottom hopelessly conformist. Forrest Gump, with its aw-shucks philosophy and cliche-embedded script, didn't dare tackle such weighty issues. But this movie does. But if you don't GET them, as many critics didn't judging from the reviews, this film will to you seem too long. My biggest complaint is that maybe it's actually too short. I would have liked to see some of its themes explored more--admittedly tricky in the narrow confines Allen imposed on himself with his documentary structure.
Here Allen runs the range of tricks to film, but they're not computer tricks (exactly). To age his film he actually scuffs it. To achieve the sound of tinny 1920s sound he records his pop songs (wonderful parodies of the real music of the time) on authentic 1920s equipment. Most of all, in sort of a post-modernist irony that is currently so hip but was fresh in 1983, he features interviews with trendy intellectuals who both reinforce and parody their academic personas by appearing on camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen Does It Again: Hilarious Documentary July 5 2004
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1983's "Zelig" was written and directed by Woody Allen. This is of course years after 1977's Annie Hall and so Woody Allen's comic talent was already established. Woody Allen's witty, intellectual humor is most prominent in this film which he directs as if it were a documentary. It's entirely in black and white, except for the contemporary scenes of interviewed characters, there is footage from the 20's, 30's and 40's, including footage of Adolph Hitler making a speech at a Nazi rally. Woody Allen plays Leonard Zelig, a shy, unassuming little man with an identity disorder. He cannot truly be himself because he becomes transformed into his surroundings. When he is around Jewish rabbis, he becomes Jewish, when he is around African-Americans, he becomes black, when he is around overweight people, he becomes fat, etc. This miracle of biology earned him the title of the Chameleon or "The Changing Man". Mia Farrow, who coincidentally was romantically linked with Woody Allen at this time in the 80's, plays the role of Zelig's love interest Dr. Eudora Fletcher. Eudora Fletcher takes a genuine interest in Zelig and examines him psychologically through hypnosis. The scenes of their sessions are extremely funny but then again so is much of this movie. Woody Allen is the first Forrest Gump, being as funny and awkward, at least 10 years before Tom Hanks did it in the 90's. Zelig is so loved that he is hob-nobbing with all the greats of the time- Charlie Chaplin, William Randalph Hearst, Fanny Brice, F. Scott Fitzegerald and Zelda, etc. The music for this movie is appropriately cartoonish and Charleston/Jazz Age style. There is one dance segment called The Chameleon and another with the voice of Betty Boop singing "Chameleon Days". Witty dialogue, lots of humor and visual jokes, it's a movie that is sure to delight you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Woody's very best
Amazing technically, with a lot to say about society, conformity, and how we see ourselves.

This brilliantly made mock documentary about a 'human chameleon' in the 1920s... Read more
Published on April 14 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the foremost films of Woody Allen
Allen was in a surrealistic mood when he made this film. The powerful content about Zelig in the thirties is a bitter gaze about a disfunctional , a low level person , an example... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, It's Allen's "Citizen Kane"
Loved this when it came out. And after watching it again I was determined to post a review and compare it to the Orson Welles masterpiece. Then I saw someone had already done so! Read more
Published on May 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The social camelion
New York 1928.
"I wanna be liked". A statement by Leonard Zelig under a hypnosis session. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by T. ANDREASSON
4.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Times of Early 20th Century Freak
Just before giving us the campy "Purple Rose of Cairo", Woody Allen created "Zelig", another very unique film. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Michael Mathena
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nugget Found
"ZELIG" is one of the reasons I subscribe to cable TV.
In the desert sand and boggy quagmire of standard TV, it takes sifting through more than a few channels to find a few... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Pancakes...
I really liked this movie. My favorite part is when Zelig (Woody Allen), in a hypnotic state just insults Mia Farrow (and her cooking... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by K. Hardaway
4.0 out of 5 stars The unsaid joke(s)
What I love most about this movie are the jokes (sight gags, situations, etc) that are alluded to but remain unsaid or unseen. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by Jason P. Stanford
1.0 out of 5 stars Has to be his worst film!
I own about 20 Woody Allen movies on DVD and this one was never purchased by me, nor will it ever be. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2002
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