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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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.
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.
Wonderful film filled with many incredible and highly memorable moments. depressing/hilarious how the fashion industry criticism applies still today. At some point, however, it seemed to suffer from first film syndrome: there were so many (yes, good) ideas but there wasn't yet the editing eye/self-confidence to not use ALL of them? which led to a level of incoherence that keeps this from being completely brilliant?
I started out loving the film but by the end it was just too self indulgent for its own good. Klein films always seem to be bloated messes but, while watching, they are entertaining at least, moreso bc one has no clue whats coming next. Some striking moments here, but overall falls flat. Recommended for New Wave fans that want something new. Just be warned there is a reason its not well known. 3 stars for originality