Zelig

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(out of 5)


One of Woody Allen’s most fascinating achievements as an artist, and he has never made anything like it before or since. Filmed as a documentary (though entirely fictional in content) it deals with the mysterious life of the shadowy title character, a man from the roaring twenties considered to be a chameleon and famous for his ability to blend into any characteristic around him.  appears as the psychiatrist who thoroughly examines Zelig in hypnotherapy in order to unravel the great mystery. The film’s most fascinating quality is the authentic recreation of the period, particularly the grainy black-and-white photography by Gordon Willis that was painstakingly degraded so as to look like it was stock footage abandoned in a vault for decades. Witty and clever, this film stands completely on its own in the master’s canon.


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USA, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by Woody Allen

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Cinematography (Gordon Willis)
Best Costume Design (Santo Loquasto)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Woody Allen)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Cinematographer (Gordon Willis)

Nominations
Best Director (Woody Allen)
Best Screenplay (Woody Allen)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Cinematography (Gordon Willis)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Visual Effects
Best Make Up Artist


Zelig

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