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Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?

Directed by William Klein
France, 1966
Comedy, Drama
  • French
  • English


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.

Our take

Among Vogue’s most famous photographers, William Klein presents a stylized, biting satire of the fashion industry, starring one of Resnais’ legendary actresses: Delphine Seyrig. Unusual camera angles, pop fantasy sequences, and madcap mod 60s styles: films don’t get more visually striking than this!

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? Directed by William Klein

Critics reviews

Who are you, Polly Maggoo? is anything but consistent. Large sections of the film don’t quite work, especially when overly focused on narrative tangents and wordplay. The best verbal gags often work in conjunction with a contradiction of images… The film often works best in staged sequences which delve into the behind-the-scenes workings of photo shoots and runway shows. These sequences, which hold onto a certain amount of reverence for fashion, artfully blur the line between art and charade.
February 10, 2016
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