William Klein

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

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.

Film Info

  • William Klein
  • France
  • 1966
  • 101 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French

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Eclipse Series 9: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein

The Delirious Fictions of William Klein

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Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
Cast
Dorothy MacGowan
Polly Maggoo
Jean Rochefort
Grégoire Pecque
Sami Frey
Prince Igor
Grayson Hall
Miss Maxwell
Philippe Noiret
Jean-Jacques Georges
Alice Sapritch
The Queen Mother
Jacques Seiler
Isidore Ducasse
Pierre Baillot
Prince’s spies
Roland Topor
Credits
Director
William Klein
Producer
Robert Delpire
Screenplay
William Klein
Cinematography
Jean Boffety
Editing
Anne-Marie Cotret
Editing
Annie-France Lebrun
Editing
Jacqueline Simoni
Music
Michel Legrand
Costumes
Janine Klein

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Delphine Seyrig

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Thanks to the two most famous roles of her career—the enigmatic woman referred to only as A in Alain Resnais’ _Last Year at Marienbad_ and the middle-aged widow stuck in domestic routine in Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles—Delphine Seyrig is often thought of as an inscrutable performer. But this versatile French actress was also capable of great emotional immediacy and openness in her roles. The daughter of an archaeologist, Seyrig was a cosmopolite at a young age, having already lived in Lebanon, New York, and the south of France by the time she was twenty. She then studied acting in both France and the United States (at the Actors Studio). Her first screen performance was in the 1958 beat generation short Pull My Daisy, also featuring Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg, shot in New York. A few years later, Last Year at Marienbad—in which Seyrig plays a woman wandering the fever-dream-like interior of a château, where she may or may not have been before—made her an icon of the French New Wave. She would go on appear in films by François Truffaut (Stolen Kisses, one of her most romantic parts), William Klein (she was never more delightfully off-kilter than in the satiric Mr. Freedom), Luis Buñuel (as the ever-gracious hostess in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), Joseph Losey, Jacques Demy, Akerman, and other important film directors of the sixties and seventies. She died in 1990, at fifty-eight.