In this excoriating satire of the fashion industry, Polly Maggoo is a 20-year-old Brooklyn-born fashion model in Paris, on the runway at the big shows where magazine editor Ms. Maxwell is the reigning opinion maker. Polly becomes the subject of an episode of a vapid TV news documentary series called “Who Are You?” and is pursued by the filmmaker and by the prince of Borodine, a small country in the Soviet bloc. William Klein excels in the parody of all things-media: Television commentators, phony interviews, useless scoops, the True Confession of a Ruritanian Prince, the concoction of a fairy tale romance – even the vox-pops that foreshadow the spontaneous debates of May ’68. He takes delight in the slaughter of his targets while keeping the poetry of the images and design ever present.
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
France102 min.FictionGerman, French1966
Director: William Klein
Script: William Klein
Camera: Jean Boffety
Actors: Dorothy McGowan, Grayson Hall, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey
Production: Delpire Production
Cinematheque TLV, Theatre 4