Zelig Film Analysis

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Zelig (1983), featuring the main protagonist of the same name who can transform to any group he is with, is a mockumentary produced by Woody Allen. According to Stam, a commenter on Woody Allen’s production, describes Zelig as a film in which “artistic discourse is tested in its relationship to social reality” (196), which means that Allen attempts to use Zelig as a challenge to the media representation on what is reality. I would suggest that Zelig’s importance lies on three aspects: The challenge on documentary form, the notion of history as well as the truthfulness of identity. Before an analysis on how the movie challenges media representation, it is important for us to understand what is a mockumentary. Roscoe and Craig in the article…show more content…
For instance, when the film is on its way to show how people fantasy on Zelig’s chameleon, the song composer of the movie, Dick Hyman, created a number of tune just for the movies, such as ‘Leonard the Lizard’ and "Chameleon Days", and pretends they are all 1920s popular songs inspired by the Zelig phenomenon (Bill 153). What accompany with the songs are also faked popular entertainments like the changing face games, the changing doll, children books and advertisement that cover every aspect of our lives. The truthfulness is delivered first, through the change of theme of those real songs: the original focus is to talk about the fantasy people on the jazz dance, it is now being transformed by Allen to mislead us the songs are to portray the public’s love to Zelig. Second, the real and forged popular texts are mixed together and thus we cannot classify which one is real and which is not. Thus, we are forced to trust that all popular texts shown in the movie are therefore truly exist in
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