Qui êtes-vous Polly Magoo?

Director William Klein first came to Paris as an American soldier during the U.S. occupation. There he became a professional photographer and not long after became a filmmaker. It was this 1966 movie that served as Klein’s second full-length feature film but the first to gain international acclaim. Polly Maggoo… is a scandalous, razor-sharp mockery of the fashion world from a man who knew its inner workings from years of professional experience. Shot in stark monochrome, the film is a mod masterpiece, as perceptive and relevant (as well as hilarious) today as it was nearly 40 years ago. Klein ruthlessly satirizes the vapid, consumer-driven (yet utterly impractical) world of high-fashion and media culture and its damaged and egomaniacal denizens while entending to dear, sweet Polly a sense of affection. In the end she is just a buck-toothed, freckled girl from Brooklyn who is today’s flavor, tomorrow’s discarded doll.

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