History Film / Zelig

29th Dec '17 1:27:40 AM AnotherGuy
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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Pretty much, Zelig's character/FreudianExcuse is this trope taken UpToEleven. Because of his desperate need to fit in, Zelig started out by pretending to have read Literature/MobyDick when he hadn't, and this spiraled into mirroring the professions and even appearances of those around him.

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Pretty much, Zelig's character/FreudianExcuse is this trope taken UpToEleven. Because of his desperate need to fit in, Zelig started out by pretending to have read Literature/MobyDick when he hadn't, and this spiraled into mirroring the professions and even appearances of those around him. Eudora notes than when Zelig was posing as a psychiatrist, he spouted nothing but nonsensical double talk that could fool a layman.
29th Dec '17 1:23:39 AM AnotherGuy
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* TheCameo: Mae Questel singing "Chameleon Days" in her classic WesternAnimation/BettyBoop style.
23rd Oct '17 10:21:44 AM AnotherGuy
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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The public in TheTwenties and TheThirties... and now, according to the film.


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* EasilyForgiven: Played straight and averted with Zelig. Zelig goes from monster to hero to monster to hero as the public is portrayed as [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny extremely fickle.]]
23rd Oct '17 9:34:33 AM AnotherGuy
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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Zelig died before he could finish reading ''Moby-Dick''.]]
23rd Oct '17 9:32:57 AM AnotherGuy
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Invoked with ''The Changing Man'', as Woody Allen's character is played by handsome Garrett M. Brown, Mia Farrow's by Marianne Tatum.
23rd Oct '17 9:30:25 AM AnotherGuy
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Any accomplishment Zelig makes when posing as someone else. More often than not he completely fails, because, well, he's pretending to be an expert. However, late in the film, he convinces himself he's a pilot and manages to ''fly across the Atlantic''... '''[[BeyondTheImpossible upside down]]'''.
-->'''Zelig:''' But I've never flown before in my life, and it shows exactly what you can do, if you're a total psychotic!
2nd Jan '17 2:27:12 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: Invoked when one of the interviewees said Freudians had a ball with Zelig because they could interpret him any way they liked.
1st Sep '16 6:46:54 AM TFSyndicate
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* {{Retraux}}: Lots of (remarkably convincing) fake 1920s and '30s footage.

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* {{Retraux}}: Lots of (remarkably convincing) fake 1920s and '30s footage.footage, made with actual equipment from the period.
23rd Jun '16 10:24:17 AM Mdumas43073
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A 1983 Creator/WoodyAllen film, '''''Zelig''''' is a {{mockumentary}} set during TheRoaringTwenties and into TheGreatDepression period, concerning Leonard Zelig (Allen), a "human chameleon"- a man who shapeshifts to fit in with those around him- and his encounters with the celebrities of the day. Zelig ultimately comes into contact with Dr. Eudora Nesbitt Fletcher (played by Mia Farrow) who tries to cure him of his uncontrollable shapeshifting. Throughout, commentary on Zelig's life is provided by well-known public intellectuals.

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A 1983 Creator/WoodyAllen film, '''''Zelig''''' ''Zelig'' is a {{mockumentary}} set during TheRoaringTwenties and into TheGreatDepression period, concerning Leonard Zelig (Allen), a "human chameleon"- a man who shapeshifts to fit in with those around him- and his encounters with the celebrities of the day. Zelig ultimately comes into contact with Dr. Eudora Nesbitt Fletcher (played by Mia Farrow) who tries to cure him of his uncontrollable shapeshifting. Throughout, commentary on Zelig's life is provided by well-known public intellectuals.
23rd Apr '16 12:12:53 AM aye_amber
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