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Zelig (1983)

Director:
Woody Allen
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Mockumentary
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Zelig
RUNNING TIME
79 minutes
Producer:
Robert Greenhut
Screenwriter:
Woody Allen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Leonard Zelig Woody Allen
Dr. Eudora Nesbitt Fletcher Mia Farrow
Narrator Patrick Horgan

 

Review

This mockumentary by Woody Allen is amusing in a trifling, exhausting way, even though the themes and events it touches upon are significant, sometimes gargantuan. The film's best asset is its technical achievement, where the actors' faces and likenesses are interwoven with various actual archive footage from the period in question, the 1920s. It's all presented as an old-fashioned newsreel, and the first part of the film feels both fresh and relevant. Unfortunately, Allen runs out of ideas before he runs out of film reel, and when he tries to sum it all up at a mere 79 minutes, you feel like you've been watching for at least another hour.

Copyright 27.10.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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