DVD - 2001
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A human chameleon has the ultimate ability to meld into his surroundings and resemble the people and society around him.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2001, c1983
Edition: Widescreen format
ISBN: 9780792851301
Call Number: DVD F ZELI 2001
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 19 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 27, 2017

Allen’s preposterous pack of lies is told with a perfectly straight face by a cast of legitimate talking heads (Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow, Irving Howe) and given further credibility through grainy newsreel “cameos” from the likes of Fanny Brice, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Adolph Hitler—the latter throwing a hissy fit when Zelig, in Nazi drag, ruins a perfectly good Polish joke. An intricate blend of fancy and reality which seamlessly melds staged and archival footage (Allen actually used antique cameras and microphones for the Zelig bits) to produce a dry little comedy. It’s a one-joke production but with a running time of only eighty minutes the punchline doesn't have a chance to get stale.

May 30, 2013

Fascinating to watch.

Billed as re-enactment including some archive footage of the actual life story of Leonard Zelig.

Yet it all seems too weird to believe.

As a final incredulity, the possiblity that a plane just grabbed off an airfield in Germany would have enough gas on board to fly across the atlantic challenges credibility

I'd like to get a second opinion.

I want to trust Woody Allen but also cannot understand why I have never heard the name before.


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