- Original title
- Running time
- 76 min.
- United States
Gordon Willis (B&W)
Garrett M. Brown,
Mary Louise Wilson,
Comedy | Mockumentary. 1920s. 1930s
- Synopsis / Plot
- Mock documentary on the figure of Leonard Zelig, a chameleon of a man who astounded the American society of the “jazz era”. His story starts the day he tells a lie on claiming to have read Moby Dick simply not to feel out of things. The need to be accepted kicks in, and he starts physically transforming according to those around him, instantly hitting the front pages.
: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Cinematography, Costume Design
: Golden Globe: Nominated Best Movie - Comedy or Musical & Actor (Allen)
: Venice Film Festival: Pasinetti Award for Best Film
: 5 nominations for BAFTA, including Original screenplay and Cinematography
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Woody Allen)
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography. 3 Nominations
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Comedy Screenplay
- Critics' reviews
"(Zelig) is Woody Allen's most brilliant, most inspired fictional creation (...) 'Citizen Kane' miraculously transformed into a side-splitting comedy."
Vincent Canby: The New York Times
"The picture is thoroughly charming."
Pauline Kael: The New Yorker
"Woody Allen has chosen a form that is utterly original in conception and exhilarating in execution."
Richard Schickel: Time
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