Elegant, scathing humor ties together the various strands of this alternately glamorous and grotesque portrait of American in Paris Polly Maggoo, an Alice in Wonderland supermodel who becomes the pinup plaything of media hounds and the fragmented fantasy of haunted Prince Igor.
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Klein's biggest joke, and most effective slight, is the utter seriousness with which he constructs so much silliness. All the commodifiable talent of a (today) $70,000+ a shoot Vogue photographer, diverted into creating a gleefully demystified (per)version of the very high-gloss nonsense they paid him to exalt. Gorgeous, wacky, stylish, smart, grotesque & hilarious. Brilliant opening, rivalled only by the final song.
A one-of-a-kind farce about the fashion industry, with a sense for the anxious emptiness within public spectacles (fashion shows, royal visits, TV biopics), gorgeously photographed (it's Klein after all) and to be treasured for its alternating bouts of flakiness and sublime visual battiness.
A quite ingenious film from director William Klein that provides a look at our fascination with celebrity culture. Hard to believe this was made thirty years before so called 'reality TV' with its only pre-existing examples being celebrity rags and perhaps Beatlemania. Gorgeous art direction and costumes too boot. Features early turns by Jean Rochefort and Philippe Noirot.
Klein cligne sur Courrèges, Averty, Rabane, un délicieux happening sur la société pré-68. Michel LEGRAND, ARRABAL, TOPOR, à tous ces talents on mesure notre décadence Diable s'habille en Prada. un kaléidoscope noir & blanc en couleurs.== Klein footprint Courrèges, Averty, Rabanne for a delicious happening in the heart of fashion and media. Music by LEGRAND, drawings by TOPOR, a kaleidoscope in black and white colors.
Really bizarre French New Wave film is an odd mash-up of 60s pop art satire, playful surrealism, and strange slapstick. Outlandish visuals and colorful characters keep it compelling even though it's virtually incomprehensible - though it does lose some of its manic energy towards the end. Not for everyone, but those with a taste for experimental cinema will enjoy it.