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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative ironic observer
Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo? (William Klein, 1966, 102')

William Klein (born New York on 1928) is a photographer and filmmaker noted to for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer's Top 100 Most...
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by Dr René Codoni

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1.0 out of 5 stars Who are you kidding, Polly Maggoo????
A 1966 black and white French movie directed by William Klein. It is an art house movie spoofing the fashion world and its excesses.It follows 20 year old model Polly Maggoo in Paris,on the runway and in many other situations. Thankfully there are english subtitles to make things easier to understand. The beginning of the movie shows models backstage before a...
Published on 2 April 2011 by S. Sibanda


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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative ironic observer, 14 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Who Are You, Polly Magoo? / In and Out of Fashion ( Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? ) (DVD)
Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo? (William Klein, 1966, 102')

William Klein (born New York on 1928) is a photographer and filmmaker noted to for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer's Top 100 Most influential photographers

Trained as a painter, Klein had studied at the City College of New York, La Sorbonne, under Fernand Léger and found early success with exhibitions of his work. However, he soon moved on to photography and achieved widespread fame as a fashion photographer for Vogue and for his photo essays on various cities. Despite having no training as a photographer, Klein won the Prix Nadar in 1957 for New York, a book of photographs taken during a brief return to his hometown in 1954. He tends to be cited in photography books along with Robert Frank as among the fathers of street photography.

Klein's work was considered revolutionary for its "ambivalent and ironic approach to the world of fashion", its "uncompromising rejection of the then prevailing rules of photography", and for his extensive use of wide-angle and telephoto lenses, natural lighting and motion blur. Fashion would become the subject for Klein's first feature film, Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?, which, like his other two fiction features, Mr Freedom and The Model Couple, is a satire. He has also directed many others, including the cinéma vérité documentary Grands soirs et petits matins, the 1969 documentary Muhammad Ali: The Greatest. In 1982 he directed The French, a documentary on the French Open tennis championship.

Dorothy McGowan is supermodel Polly Maggoo, being followed by a French television crew. Also starring are Grayson Hall as Miss Maxwell, a fashion magazine editor modeled after Diana Vreeland, and Philippe Noiret as the TV reporter and director, in a way anticipating Prêt-à-Porter by Robert Altman (1994). Also appearing in the film are Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey and Alice Sapritch. McGowan, the Brooklyn-born star and one-time Vogue cover girl in 1962, was one of William Klein's favorite models. After the release of the film, which was McGowan's first and only film role, she disappeared from public view and apparently neither acted nor modeled again.

Prix Nadar (1957), Prix Jean Vigo (1967), Hasselblad Award (1990), plus William Klein, retrospective at the Cinémathèque française in June 2008.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who are you kidding, Polly Maggoo????, 2 April 2011
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A 1966 black and white French movie directed by William Klein. It is an art house movie spoofing the fashion world and its excesses.It follows 20 year old model Polly Maggoo in Paris,on the runway and in many other situations. Thankfully there are english subtitles to make things easier to understand. The beginning of the movie shows models backstage before a show.There's a lot of mascara used and with their hair pulled back tightly they look absolutely gorgeous. They then appear one by one on a revolving stage wearing some percular but spectacular silver sheets that have been twisted and manipulated into different shapes to create "garments".
After this part, it's very easy to lose focus on the movie. For me it was like running a piece of chalk through a board..... rather painful.The film is meant to be a bit of a joke but sadly it becomes more than that. It becomes a boring horror, an embarassment. The really sad thing is the asking price for this movie...really not worth it. It's not even worth borrowing a copy, seriously.
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