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Polly Maggoo is the pseudo-portrait of a super model. Thirty years ahead of its time, it satirizes TV's top model feeding frenzy, the world of fashion and brainwashing in general... Watching Polly Maggoo today is a rare pleasure, plus a real surprise
There's no movie like it before or since. It abounds with visual inventions and right-on perceptions. Thirty years ahead of its time, it satirizes TV's top model feeding frenzy, the world of fashion and brainwashing in general. The film's caustic dialogue and wicked humor strike home unerringly. With terrible, and terribly funny, far-sightedness Klein had foreseen the diarrhea of media bullshit.The film's designer justifies dressing women in aluminium with a tirade of pretentious creator-speak. "You are a galvanizer and I am galvanized" yelps fashion-victim Violette Leduc, as pundits launch into vapid psycho-historical explanations.
William Klein excels in the parody of all things-media: television commentators, phony interviews, useless scoops, the True Confessions of a Ruritarian Prince, the concoction of a fairy tale romance - even the vox-pops that foreshadow the spontaneous debates of May '68. He takes delight in the slaughter of his targets while keeping the poetry of the images and design ever present.
Jean Vigo Prize 1967