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Running time
76 min.
United States United States
Woody Allen
Dick Hyman
Gordon Willis (B&W)
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Warner Bros.
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.
1983: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Cinematography, Costume Design
1983: Golden Globe: Nominated Best Movie - Comedy or Musical & Actor (Allen)
1983: Venice Film Festival: Pasinetti Award for Best Film
1983: 5 nominations for BAFTA, including Original screenplay and Cinematography
1983: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Woody Allen)
1983: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography. 3 Nominations
1983: 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."
  • "The picture is thoroughly charming."
  • "Woody Allen has chosen a form that is utterly original in conception and exhilarating in execution."
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