The film is called “Zelig” (1983) but it also could have been a prequel to “200 Cigarettes” because that’s how many Mia Farrow smokes during this 79-minute movie. Sorry, I needed to get that off my chest. Actually, this pretend documentary about a man who was able to transform himself – physically as well as intellectually – to fit in with his surroundings is pretty fascinating. Woody Allen stars and Farrow is his psychiatrist. The special effects – inserting Allen and Farrow into old photos and newsreel footage – would be simple Photoshop work today, but it was quite an achievement at the time.

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