• France
  • 1966
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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After nearly a decade as American Vogue‘s most subversive fashion photographer, William Klein made this wild, pseudovérité incursion into the world of Parisian haute couture. Elegant, scathing humor ties together the various strands of this alternately glamorous and grotesque portrait of American in Paris Polly Maggoo (Dorothy MacGowan), an Alice in Wonderland supermodel who becomes the pinup plaything of media hounds and the fragmented fantasy of haunted Prince Igor (Sami Frey). Klein’s first fiction film is a daring deflation of cultural pretensions and institutions, dressed up in brilliant black and white.

Cast

Polly Maggoo Dorothy MacGowan
Grégoire PecqueJean Rochefort
Prince IgorSami Frey
Miss MaxwellGrayson Hall
Jean-Jacques GeorgesPhilippe Noiret
The Queen MotherAlice Sapritch
Isidore DucasseJacques Seiler
Prince’s spies Pierre Baillot
Roland Topor

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