|Directed by||Woody Allen|
|Written by||Woody Allen|
|Music by||Dick Hyman|
|Editing by||Susan E. Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1 1935 is an American Film director, Writer, Actor, Comedian, and Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow, known as Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American Actress. Dick Hyman (born March 8, 1927, New York City) is an American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer best known for his versatility with jazz piano styles Gordon Willis, ASC (born May 28, 1931 in Queens New York, United States) is a Hollywood Cinematographer best known Morse|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 15, 1983 (US)|
September 14, 1983 (France)
September 29, 1983 (Australia)
|Running time||79 minutes|
|Gross revenue||$11,798,616 (US)|
Zelig is a 1983 American mockumentary written and directed by Woody Allen. Orion Pictures Corporation was an American company that produced movies from 1978 until 1998 The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Events February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Let's Spend the Night Together opens in New York The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Mockumentary (also known as a pseudo-documentary) a Portmanteau of Mock and documentary, is a film and TV Genre, or a single work Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1 1935 is an American Film director, Writer, Actor, Comedian, and
Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the film focuses on Leonard Zelig, a nondescript man who has the ability to transform his appearance to that of the people who surround him. He is observed at a party by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who notices that while mingling with the guests, Zelig sings the praises of the affluent classes in a refined, snobbish accent, but while in the kitchen with the servants, he seethes with rage at the fat cats in a thick proletarian voice. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24 1896 – December 21 1940 was an American writer of Novels and Short stories, whose works are evocative of the He soon gains international fame as a "human chameleon". Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are squamates that belong to one of the best-known Lizard families
Dr. Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow) is a psychiatrist who wants to help Zelig with this strange disorder when he is admitted to her hospital. Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow, known as Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American Actress. A psychiatrist (also archaically called an alienist) is a Physician who specializes in Psychiatry and is certified in treating Mental disorders Through the use of hypnotism, she discovers Zelig yearns for approval so strongly he physically changes to fit in with those around him. Hypnosis is often thought to be a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility with diminished peripheral awareness Dr. Fletcher's determination allows her to cure Zelig, but not without complications; on the road to recovery, he temporarily develops a personality which is intolerant of other people's opinions.
Dr. Fletcher realizes she is falling in love with Zelig. Due to the media coverage of the case, both patient and doctor become part of the popular culture of their time. However, fame is the main cause of their division; the same society that made Zelig a hero destroys him.
Zelig's illness returns, and he tries to fit in once more. Numerous women claim he married them, and he disappears. Dr. Fletcher finds him in Germany working with the Nazis prior to the outbreak of World War II. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Nazism, which was a short name for National Socialism (Nationalsozialismus refers primarily to the Ideology and practices of the National Socialist German World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Together they escape and return to America, where they are proclaimed heroes.
Woody Allen used actual newsreel footage and inserted himself and other actors into the footage via bluescreen technology. A newsreel is a Documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed News stories Chroma Key is the name under which ex- Dream Theater Keyboardist Kevin Moore records To provide an authentic look to his scenes, Allen and cinematographer Gordon Willis used a variety of techniques, including locating some of the actual antique film cameras and lenses used during the eras depicted in the film, and even going so far as to simulate damage, such as crinkles and scratches, on the negatives to make the finished product look more like vintage footage. Gordon Willis, ASC (born May 28, 1931 in Queens New York, United States) is a Hollywood Cinematographer best known The virtually seamless blending of old and new footage was achieved almost a decade before digital filmmaking technology made such techniques in films like Forrest Gump and various television commercials much easier to accomplish. Forrest Gump is a 1994 Comedy film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and the name of the title character A television advertisement or television commercial (often just commercial or advert (US or ad (UK is a span of television programming produced
The film uses cameo appearances by real figures from academia and other fields for comic effect. John Calvin Coolidge Jr (July 4 1872 January 5 1933 was the thirtieth President of the United States (1923–1929 Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10 1874 &ndash October 20 1964 was the thirty-first President of the United States (1929–1933 A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the Performing arts, such as Contrasting the film's vintage black and white film footage, these individuals appear in color segments as themselves, commenting in the present day on the Zelig phenomenon as if it really happened. They include essayist Susan Sontag, psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow, political writer Irving Howe, historian John Morton Blum, and the Paris nightclub owner Bricktop. Susan Sontag ( January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American Literary theorist, Philosopher, Bruno Bettelheim ( August 28, 1903 – March 13, 1990) was a Jewish native of Austria who escaped as a refugee to the US before it entered The Nobel Prize (Nobelpriset (Nobelprisen is a Swedish prize established in the 1895 will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel; it was first awarded in Peace, Literature Saul Bellow, born Solomon Bellows ( June 10, 1915 – April 5, 2005) was an acclaimed Canadian -born American Irving Howe ( June 11, 1920 &ndash May 5, 1993) was an American literary and social critic John Morton Blum (1921- was one of the United States ' pre-eminent political historians from the 1940s to the early 1990s Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, better known as Bricktop ( August 14 1894 &ndash February 1 1984) was an American
Also appearing in the film's vintage footage are Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Charlie Chaplin, Josephine Baker, Fanny Brice, Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Goering, James Cagney, Jimmy Walker, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, and Pope Pius XI. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17 1899 &ndash January 25 1947 commonly nicknamed Scarface, was an Italian American Gangster who For other people named William Randolph Hearst see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation William Randolph Hearst I (April 29 1863 &ndash Marion Davies ( January 3, 1897 &ndash September 22, 1961) was an American film Actress. Josephine Baker (or Joséphine Baker in Francophone countries ( June 3, 1906 &ndash April 12, 1975) was an American-born Fanny Brice ( October 29 1891 – May 29 1951) was a popular and influential American Comedienne, Singer Hi and welcome to Wikipedia! Please understand that this article is frequently vandalized and vandalism is reverted immediately Paul Joseph Goebbels (German pronunciation ˈɡœbəls English generally ˈɡɝbəlz (29 October 1897 1 May 1945 was a German politician and Reich Minister of Public Hermann Wilhelm Göring (also spelled Goering) (12 January 1893 15 October 1946 was a German Politician, Military leader and a leading member James Francis Cagney Jr ( July 17, 1899 &ndash March 30, 1986) was an Academy Award -winning American Film James John Walker, often known as Jimmy Walker and colloquially as Beau James ( June 19, 1881 &ndash November 18, 1946 Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig ( June 19 1903  – June 2 1941) born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American George Herman Ruth Jr (February 6 1895 &ndash August 16 1948 also popularly known as " Babe " " The Bambino " and " The Sultan of Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr (March 17 1902 &ndash December 18 1971 was one of the greatest Golfers to compete on a national and international level Pope Pius XI ( Latin: Pius PP XI; Italian: Pio XI; May 31 1857 &ndash February 10 1939) born
In the time it took to complete the film's special effects, Allen filmed A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Broadway Danny Rose. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a 1982 film written and directed by Woody Allen. Broadway Danny Rose is a black and white 1984 Academy Award -nominated film written directed by and starring Woody Allen.
The soundtrack includes such period songs as "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" and "Five Feet Two, Eyes of Blue" by Ray Henderson, Sam Lewis, and Joe Young; "Sunny Side Up" by Henderson, Lew Brown, and Buddy G. DeSylva; "Ain't We Got Fun" by Richard A. Whiting, Ray Egan, and Gus Kahn; "Charleston" by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack; "I'll Get By" by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk; "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" by Fats Waller, Harry Link, and Billy Rose; "I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)" by Harry Warren and Bud Green; "A Sailboat in the Moonlight" by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb; "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" by Fred Fisher; and "Anchors Aweigh" by Charles A. Zimmerman and Alfred Hart Miles. Ray Henderson ( December 1, 1896 &ndash December 31, 1970) was an American Songwriter. Samuel Lewis is the name of Samuel Lewis (publisher (????-1865 English publisher of topographical dictionaries and maps Samuel Lewis (financier Joe Young, ( July 4, 1889 &ndash April 21, 1939) was a Lyricist. Lew Brown ( December 10, 1893 - February 5, 1958) was a Lyricist for Popular songs in the United States. George Gard "Buddy" DeSylva ( January 27 1895 - July 11 1950) was an American songwriter and film producer Richard A Whiting ( November 12, 1891 - February 10, 1938) was a Composer of popular songs Gustav Gerson Kahn ( November 6, 1886 – October 8, 1941) was a Musician, Songwriter and Lyricist. James Price Johnson ( February 1 1894 &ndash November 17 1955) was an African-American Pianist and Composer. Cecil Mack (November 6 1883 Norfolk VA &ndash August 1 1944 New York NY was an American composer lyricist and music publisher Fred E Ahlert ( 19 September, 1892 – 20 October, 1953) was an American Composer and Songwriter. Roy Turk (born September 20 1892 in New York New York; died November 30 1934 in Hollywood California) was a U Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904 &mdash December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist Harry Link, born Harry Linkey (January 25 1896 Philadelphia - July 5 1956 New York City) was an American Songwriter. Billy Rose ( September 6, 1899 &ndash February 10, 1966) Rose was diminutive in stature Harry Warren ( December 24, 1893 &ndash September 22, 1981; born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna in Brooklyn, New York Bud Green ( 19 November, 1897 - 2 January, 1981) was an Austrian -born Songwriter. Carmen Lombardo ( July 16, 1903 - April 17, 1971) was the younger brother of bandleader Guy Lombardo. Fred Fisher ( September 30, 1875 – January 14, 1942) was an American Songwriter. Charles A Zimmermann (1861 – 16 January 1916 was an American composer of marches and popular music In addition, Dick Hyman composed a number of tunes allegedly inspired by the Zelig phenomenon, including "Leonard the Lizard," "Reptile Eyes," "You May Be Six People, But I Love You," "Doin' the Chameleon," ""The Changing Man Concerto," and "Chameleon Days," the latter performed by Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop. Dick Hyman (born March 8, 1927, New York City) is an American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer best known for his versatility with jazz piano styles Mae Questel (Mae Questal is the spelling on the record label for Good Ship Lollipop 1932( September 13, 1908 – January 4, 1998) was an Betty Boop is an animated Cartoon character appearing in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop series of films produced by
Prior to being shown at the Venice Film Festival, the film opened on six screens in the US and grossed $60,119 on its opening weekend. The Venice Film Festival is the oldest Film festival in the world Its domestic revenue eventually totaled $11,798,616 .
In his review in the New York Times, Vincent Canby observed, "[Allen's] new, remarkably self-assured comedy is to his career what . Vincent Canby ( July 27 1924 &ndash September 15 2000) was an American film critic. . . Berlin Alexanderplatz is to Rainer Werner Fassbinder's and . Berlin Alexanderplatz is a novel by Alfred Döblin, published in 1929 Rainer Werner Fassbinder (May 31 1945 &ndash June 10 1982 was a German Film director, Screenwriter and Actor. . . Fanny and Alexander is to Ingmar Bergman's . Fanny and Alexander ( Fanny och Alexander) is a 1982 Golden Globe and Academy Award -winning Swedish Film written and Ernst Ingmar Bergman ( pronounced) (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007 was a nine-time Academy Award -nominated Swedish film, stage . . Zelig is not only pricelessly funny, it's also, on occasion, very moving. It works simultaneously as social history, as a love story, as an examination of several different kinds of film narrative, as satire and as parody . Satire is often strictly defined as a literary genre or form; although in practice it is also found in the graphic and Performing arts In satire human A parody (ˈpɛɹədiː US, [ˈpaɹədiː] UK) in contemporary usage is a work created to mock comment on or poke fun at an original work its subject . . [It] is a nearly perfect - and perfectly original - Woody Allen comedy. " 
Variety said the film was "consistently funny, though more academic than boulevardier" , and the Christian Science Monitor called it "amazingly funny and poignant" . Variety is a weekly entertainment trade newspaper founded in New York in 1905 by Sime Silverman The Christian Science Monitor (CSM is an international Newspaper published daily Monday through Friday Time Out New York describes it as "mildly amusing" , while TV Guide says, "Allen's ongoing struggles with psychoanalysis and his Jewish identity - stridently literal preoccupations in most of his work - are for once rendered allegorically. Time Out is a Publishing company based in London, England. The company's best known product is the Time Out weekly listings Magazine TV Guide is the name of a North American weekly magazine about television programming The result is deeply satisfying. "