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Zelig

4

Carefully doctoring footage from 1920s and '30s newsreels, Woody Allen's delightful mockumentary tells the unusual story of "human chameleon" Leonard Zelig (Allen himself). Here is a man who can transform himself to blend in with anyone and everyone he meets - - even changing colour if need be. Watch this now and you'll realise just how much it "inspired" Oscar-nabber Forrest Gump, as Zelig interfaces with various famous figures from the inter-war period - - only with far more wit and wisdom.

Don't believe us? Then watch Zelig try to get his psychiatrist's (Mia Farrow) attention while sitting behind Hitler at a Nazi meeting. Not just a comedy but an ironic treatise on the nature of fame and the importance of being yourself without seeking public approval.

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