Zelig

Zelig

Zelig

Mia Farrow stars alongside Woody Allen in his fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a 1920s celebrity.

An appropriately pompous narrator details the life and times of Leonard Zelig, whose overwhelming desire for conformity is manifested in his ability to take on the facial and vocal characteristics of whomever he happens to be around. He shows up at batting practice with Babe Ruth, among William Randolph Hearst's guests at San Simeon, side by side with Pope Pius at the Vatican, and peering anxiously over the shoulder of Adolf Hitler at the Nuremberg Rally. Becoming a celebrity in his own right, Zelig inspires a song, a dance craze, and a Warner Bros. biopic. Mia Farrow plays Dr. Eudora Fletcher , a psychiatrist who tries to "reach" Zelig and ultimately falls in love with him.

Winner of the Pasinetti Award for Best Film, 1983 Venice Film Festival
1983Rating: PG79 minsUSA
Comedy

Zelig / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Lampooning documentary tradition by structuring the entire film as a meticulously crafted bogus docu, Woody Allen tackles some serious stuff en route.

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Time Out

Time Out

Perhaps the most complex, unusual film in an already diverse CV, it remains his most culturally and politically aware work, its relevance increasing with each passing year.

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Time Out

Time Out

The comedy tends to the smirk-inducing rather than the laugh-out-loud, and the second half wanders somewhat, but Zelig is a strong contender for Allen's most fascinating film.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

...a summation and a perfection of methods and ideas that have been turning up in all his films...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A masterpiece: a brilliant, even passionate historical pastiche, a superbly pregnant meditation on American society and individuality, and an eerie fantasy that will live in your dreams.

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