in about 100 words or less
US 79m, B&W, Colour
Director: Woody Allen; Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Bruno Bettelheim, Saul Bellow, Irving Howe, John Morton Blum
Zelig is a wonderfully inventive film that begins in the late 1920s and tells the story of a most unusual, but otherwise normal man named Leonard Zelig who becomes known to the world as a “human chameleon” for his inexplicable ability to change his appearance and persona to fit into any situation where he might otherwise feel uncomfortable. In essence, Zelig is the ultimate conformist. Filmed in a documentary fashion, and accompanied by a soundtrack which includes original period style music, Zelig is a comedic masterpiece in which Allen interweaves archival footage of historical events with his enigmatic fictional character (Klaus Ming February 2013).