ZELIG
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 79 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Woody Allen directs and stars as 1920s human chameleon Leonard Zelig, whose uncanny ability to mimic others brings him fame and the attentions of psychiatrist Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow). This mockumentary makes clever use of contemporary interviews (from such commentators as Susan Sontag and Saul Bellow) and vintage newsreel footage, tweaked to show Zelig interacting with historical figures such as Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and Adolf Hitler. Santo Loquasto’s costume design and Gordon Willis’s cinematography both earned Oscar nominations. “ZELIG is not only pricelessly funny, it's also, on occasion, very moving. It works simultaneously as social history, as a love story, as an examination of several different kinds of film narrative, as satire and as parody.” - Vincent Canby, The New York Times.


BROADWAY DANNY ROSE
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

This affectionate profile of a hapless talent agent is one of Woody Allen’s best films of the 1980s. “Broadway” Danny Rose (Allen) represents clients at the bottom of the entertainment barrel, among them lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte). But Canova is on the verge of a comeback - as long as Danny can keep the performer’s affair with a gangster’s ex-girlfriend (Mia Farrow, never better) a secret. Gordon Willis’ B&W cinematography lends a nostalgic glow to this comedy, as do cameos from Milton Berle and Howard Cosell.


KLUTE
1971, Warner Bros, 114 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

John Klute (Donald Sutherland), a small-town detective visiting the Big Apple on a missing-persons case, finds a possible lead when he meets call girl Bree Daniel (Jane Fonda, who won the 1972 Best Actress Oscar for her performance). What begins as an antagonistic relationship between a square family man and a city-dwelling, emotionally closed-off woman slowly becomes a genuine love affair. Bree’s inability to feel warmth is challenged by Klute’s quiet dignity and desire to understand her, and their attachment is intensified by an unknown stalker dogging Bree’s trail. An expert melding of character study and suspense thriller, and the first of several collaborations between director Alan J. Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis.


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