There’s fashion forward and then there are the gonzo styles featured in William Klein’s surreal and savage Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?. A poke to the ribs of 1960s haute couture and a skewering of media pretension, Klein’s visually daring debut feature—the Alice in Wonderland–esque tale of an American model in Paris—was inspired by the director’s experiences as a photographer for Vogue and cameraman for French television. In the immediately captivating opening sequence, a high fashion priestess modeled on Diana Vreeland attends a fashion show of absurd proportions, featuring statuesque models in aluminum dresses so sharp-edged they occasionally draw blood. Now that's cutting satire!
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.