Zelig

Dir Woody Allen US 1983 79mins

Starring Woody Allen and Mia Farrow

Review from member of the Moving Image Working Party, Sydney Bayley;

I saw this film when it first came out in 1983 and have always believed that it has been underrated in comparison with Woody Allen’s more charming films, such as Annie Hall and Manhattan.  It has recently been shown again at the BFI and hailed as a masterpiece.  It is a satire on American individualism, with Allen playing a ‘human chameleon’ who can adapt himself to many situations.  It was made in a documentary style, with intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Saul Bellow popping up to comment on Zelig’s career.  As well as being very entertaining, it is also technically brilliant, with mock newsreel footage being indistinguishable from real newsreel footage and some pre-digital special effects.  If you are an Allen fan, don’t miss this overlooked treat!

Review from the New York Times 1983 http://nyti.ms/GMw97F