Zelig


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Zel·ig

also zel·ig  (zĕl′ĭg)
n.
1. One who unconsciously mimics the traits or appearances of those with whom he or she associates.
2. One having a ubiquitous, often inconspicuous presence: "[He] is a sort of Zelig of modern politics, popping up and blending in at momentous occasions" (Alessandra Stanley).

[After Leonard Zelig, the main character of the film Zelig (1983) written and directed by Woody Allen .]

Ze•lig

(ˈzi lɪg, ˈzɛl ɪg)
n.
a chameleonlike person who is unusually ubiquitous.
[fr. Leonard Zelig, main character in Zelig, 1984 film by W. Allen]
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Relaxing in Zelig, the North London studio he built not far from where he was born in St John's Wood, Ronson - whose sister Sam has also carved out a successful music career - looks casual in jeans and T-shirt.
There's a hint of Woody Allen's film Zelig here, and a picaresque quality that finally tips over into darkly comic horror.
With more than 50 years in the biz, Hyman has played with everyone from Benny Goodman to Marian McPartland to Ruby Braff; he's recorded more than 100 albums; and he's composed and/or arranged scores for a host of movies, including Woody Allen's Zelig, Stardust Memories and Broadway Danny Rose.
There'll doubtless be comparisons with Forrest Gump and Zelig but writer Peter Bowker, director Julian Farino and the outstanding Toby Jones in the lead role have fashioned the unique trajectory of Neil's life into a tale that while utterly life affirming, never allows itself to get mawkish or soppy.
There'll doubtless be comparisons with Forrest Gump and Zelig but writer Peter Bowker, director Julian Farino and the outstanding Toby Jones in the lead T role have fashioned the unique trajectory of Neil's life into a tale that while utterly life affirming, never allows itself to get mawkish or soppy.
There'll doubtless be comparisons with Forrest Gump and Woody Allen's Zelig but writer Peter Bowker, director Julian Farino and the outstanding Toby Jones in the lead role have fashioned the unique trajectory of Neil's life into a tale that is utterly life-affirming but never once soppy or mawkish.
After a "classic" period of extraordinary success from 1977 (Annie Hall) through 1989 (Crimes and Misdemeanors)--with movies like Manhattan, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Radio Days in between-Allen became a polarizing figure in both his professional and personal life following his scandalous breakup with Mia Farrow in 1992.
Leonard Zelig, the hero of Zelig, Woody Allen's 1983 mockumentary, had a gift: he could appear before a motion-picture camera with seemingly every notable figure from the 1920s and '30s, from Charles Lindbergh to Al Capone to Joseph Goebbels to Fanny Brice.
The third, Zelig Hirsh Kalmanovitch, was another Yiddishist scholar and activist who worked as an administrator at the Yiddish Scientific Institute.
It could join Woody Allen's Zelig (included) in the discussion of chamelionism among Jews as depicted in American cinema.