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Zelig
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Woody Allen


Perhaps the most unique film of his career, Woody Allen's ZELIG not only stands as a technical triumph for a director not often associated with the technological aspect of filmmaking, but also utilizes a documentary aesthetic that Allen has not often used before or since. One of the first major mockumentaries produced (it was released a year before THIS IS SPINAL TAP), ZELIG combines voice-over, footage both historical and faux-historical, and staged interviews with famous intellectuals to tell the story of Leonard Zelig (Allen), the "Chameleon Man" of the 1920s and '30s who has since been largely forgotten. Zelig creates a media sensation when he is discovered, for he seems to have the unique ability to transform himself to fit in with whomever he finds himself--when encountering Greeks, he becomes Greek; surrounded by fat men, he becomes heftier. But his condition leaves him open to exploitation, and the only person who believes in him is ambitious psychologist Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow).

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 79 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1983

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

LANGUAGE - English, Spanish

SUBTITLES - English, Spanish, French

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Region 1

Keep Case

Single Side - Dual Layer

Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85

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Director

Woody Allen

Producer

Robert Greenhut

Screenwriter

Woody Allen

Star(s)

Mia Farrow

Star(s)

Woody Allen

Star(s)

Michael Jeter

Star(s)

Susan Sontag

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Press

"...ZELIG is full of frantic invention [and] distinguishing lyrical whimsicality..."

- John Pym, Sight and Sound

"...Technically, ZELIG is something of a cinematic marvel....Woody Allen's triumph..."

- Vincent Canby, New York Times

 

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