Product DetailsWilliam Klein’s explosive New York street photography made him one of the most heralded artists of the sixties. An American expatriate in Paris, Klein has also been making challenging cinema for more than forty years, yet with the exception of his acclaimed documentary Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, his film work is barely known in the United States. In his three fiction features—Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, Mr. Freedom, and The Model Couple—he skewers the fashion industry, American empire, and governmental mind control with hilarious, cutting aplomb. Today Klein’s politically galvanizing social critiques seem even more acute than the works of the better-known New Wavers. These are colorful, surreal antidotes to all forms of social oppression. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? William Klein 1966 Elegant, scathing humor ties together the various strands of this alternately glamorous and grotesque portrait of American in Paris Polly Maggoo, an Alice in Wonderland supermodel who becomes the pinup plaything of media hounds and the fragmented fantasy of haunted Prince Igor. Mr. Freedom box cover Mr. Freedom William Klein 1969 Mr. Freedom, a bellowing good-ol’-boy superhero decked out in copious football padding, jets to France to cut off a Commie invasion from Switzerland. Freedom joins forces with Marie Madeleine to combat lefty freethinkers, as well as insidious evildoers Moujik Man and inflatable Red China Man. The Model Couple box cover The Model Couple William Klein 1977 In 1977 France, the Ministry of the Future chooses two “normal,” white, middle-class citizens for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television for six months in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and nonstop surveillance.
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