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The ‘unreel’ in Woody Allen’s Zelig

L. Nas
Literator | Vol 13, No 3 | a775 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v13i3.775 | © 1992 L. Nas | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1992 | Published: 06 May 1992

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L. Nas, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

By presenting Zelig (1983) in the form of a historical documentary using archival film footage, film - director Woody Allen breaks down the conventional distinction between documentary and fiction film. Through metacinematic self-consciousness Zelig hybridly 'chameleonizes’ recorded historical 'truth' exposing this truth to be ‘unreal’: it explodes the notion of the cinematic ‘real’, turning it into the ‘unreel’.

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