Whether as fashion photographer, photojournalist, painter, production designer, or director of fiction and documentary films, William Klein has always made something idiosyncratically his own. The American-born Klein has lived in Paris since the 1940s; in the fifties, he studied with Fernand Léger, shot for Vogue, and started a photographic revolution with the gritty work collected in Life Is Good and Good for You in New York. The latter so impressed Chris Marker (then an editor at a publishing house) that the two soon became friends, and it wasn’t long before Klein was traveling in cinematic circles. He art-directed Louis Malle’s Zazie dans le métro (one of his tasks was handcrafting the posters seen displayed all over Paris in the film), and he even appears in Marker’s La jetée. When he eventually began making his own movies, Klein let his imagination run wild; the results are satirical comedies as eye-popping as they are biting. In tribute to this irreverent polymath of an artist, who turns eighty-four today, here’s a gallery of images from some of his comely and cracked creations, beginning with this one from Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?.