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Who are you Polly Maggoo?

Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?

William Klein/ 1966/ France/ 102 mins/ Cert: A (PG)

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Thu 25 July // 20:00

Tickets: £6 (full)/ £5 (concession)

Hot on the heels of this weeks ‘In Fabric’ screenings, we couldn’t resist the urge to screen this iconic yet underseen classic, cited by Peter Strickland as a primary stylistic influence. Expat in Paris Klein made his name as the most subversive photographer at American Vogue, and his first feature is a scathing yet elegant pseudovérité incursion into the world of Parisian haute couture, and a pop-art monochrome feast!

As neophyte supermodel from Brooklyn (Dorothy MacGowan), appears on a vapid TV ‘documentary’, she becomes the pinup plaything of media hounds, as well as the fragmented fantasy of haunted Prince Igor (Sami Frey).

With audacious production design, and a savage satirical edge which resolutely nails the co-option and commercialisation of a newly booming youth culture; Klein’s take on the emerging genre of confessional television reveals his uncanny clarity at understanding the fusion of pop and politics that defined the late 1960s.

Be there or be square!