ZELIG employs technical wizardry to create a memorable fable of cultural assimilation. Leonard Zelig (Woody Allen) is a minor celebrity of the Depression era whose abilities as a "human chameleon" astound the world. Desperate to be accepted by others, he goes to extraordinary lengths to
become one of the crowd. This desire is realized, formally speaking, through a number of astonishing lab effects by which Allen's character is seamlessly blended with archival footage from the 1930s: he appears waiting in the on-deck circle as Babe Ruth is batting, among a crowd of Nazis cheering
Hitler, and growing a beard to become a Hassidic rabbi. His case captures the imaginati...