Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others. Written by
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Like the ever-changing chameleon Zelig character, the film had an ever-changing title. The movie's working titles were "The Changing Man", "The Cat's Pajamas", "The Chameleon Man" and "Identity Crisis and Its Relationship to Personality Disorder" before finally the film was called "Zelig". "The Changing Man" title was still used for the picture as it became the name of a fictional film within this film. See more »
Last name of Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld is misspelled (Zeigfeld) on title card for Pathe newsreel. See more »
But I've never flown before in my life, and it shows exactly what you can do, if you're a total psychotic!
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"Zelig" is a very clever movie, the kind you just know Woody Allen is capable of. In this "mockumentary," Woody plays Leonard Zelig, an insecure man who goes to the ultimate length to fit in. Mia Farrow offers the love interest as Dr. Eudora Fletcher. In "Zelig," we get to see Woody spliced into old footage, including the Nazi rally. This came before the effect became used more often, in movies like "Forrest Gump." I see this as a transition in Woody's movies. It comes somewhere between his early funnier movies, like "Bananas" and "Take the Money and Run," and his later, more introspective ones, like "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Husbands and Wives." It makes a statement about individuality, and produces laughs in the process.
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