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