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Trivia from Zelig

  • The word zelig is taken from the German word, selig, meaning blessed.
  • Mia Farrow's character, Dr. Eudora Fletcher's, name was taken from one of Woody's old school Headmistresses.
  • The original title for the film was to be The Cat's Pyjamas.
  • Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop from 1931 to 1989 is the voice of Helen Kane singing "Chameleon Days".
  • Woody Allen originally wanted Greta Garbo to be one of the people interviewed.
  • Because it took so long to match Woody Allen to the old newsreel footage, Allen managed to film and complete A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Broadway Danny Rose, in the time it took to complete this. Woody Allen later claimed that there is no mechanical way to age film, so they would either scrunch the negative up, or stamp on it.
  • To create authenticity, the production used actual lenses, cameras and sound equipment from the 1920s, and used the exact same lighting that would have been done. In addition, Gordon Willis took the exposed negatives to the shower, and stomped on them.
  • Factual Errors: On the Nazi film reel, the announcer calls Zelig a "schweinhund" - real Germans in the 1940's never called anyone that; the proper term is "schwein". "Schweinhund" was invented in American World War II movies at the time.
  • Academy Awards, USA
    Year 1984
    Nominated Oscar
    Best Cinematography
    Gordon Willis
    Nominated Best Costume Design
    Santo Loquasto
  • BAFTA Awards
    Year 1984
    Nominated BAFTA Film Award
    Best Cinematography
    Gordon Willis
    Nominated Best Editing
    Susan E. Morse
    Nominated Best Make Up Artist
    Fern Buchner John Caglione Jr.
    Nominated Best Original Screenplay
    Woody Allen
    Nominated Best Special Visual Effects
    Gordon Willis, Joel Hynek, Stuart Robertson, Richard Greenberg
  • Bodil Awards
    Year 1984
    Won Bodil
    Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europiske film)
    Woody Allen (director)
  • David di Donatello Awards
    Year 1984
    Won David
    Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)
    Woody Allen
  • Golden Globes, USA
    Year 1984
    Nominated Golden Globe
    Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

    Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    Woody Allen
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards
    Year 1983
    Won NYFCC Award
    Best Cinematographer
    Gordon Willis
  • Venice Film Festival
    Year 1983 Won Pasinetti Award Best Film
    Woody Allen
  • Writers Guild of America, USA
    Year 1984
    Nominated WGA Award (Screen)
    Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen
    Woody Allen

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