Saturday, 6 February 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 143

408 - Zelig - 2 stars
A so-so effort from Woody Allen and a little bemused by its inclusion on the list as Allen has made many better films (many of which are also on, and much higher up, the list).
It takes the form of a fake documentary looking at the life of Leonard Zelig (played by Woody himself) during the 1920's and 30's who was dubbed the human chameleon because he would mimic the physical and mental characteristics of those he comes into social contact with. This can range from mimicing mannerisms to drastic physical changes even body weight and colour.
Zelig's case becomes big news and he becomes a celebrity in the early quarter of the century and Allen inserts himself into footage from the era to make it look like Zelig was interacting with some of the stars of the day, even putting himself into a Nazi party rally.
A curiosity more than anything for the techniques used and evidence that Allen might have invented the 'mockumentary' before Spinal Tap.

Days remaining - 222 Films remaining - 289

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