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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen
Magnificent moments from the real King Of Comedy

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10. Woody Amongst The Nazis

Film: Zelig (1983)

There just aren’t enough films shot to look like 1920s black and white film newsreels, are there? Thank God then for Zelig, one of Woody’s most high concept comedies, and arguably one of his funniest.

The premise is that Allen is an entity called Zelig, a being with no personal shape of its own, instead prone to taking on the appearance of any larger ego nearby – and with an ego like Zelig’s, this happens unsurprisingly often.

Jumping through history like a neurotic Forrest Gump, it’s a bizarre and brilliant film full of the one-liners and asides you were longing for in Interiors and the like. A particular highlight has to be the Nazi period, which is... as twisted as you’d expect, really.
 

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