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Eclipse Series 9: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? / Mr. Freedom / The Model Couple) (The Criterion Collection) (2008)

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  • Actors: Delirious Fictions of William Klein
  • Directors: '
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011U3OB0
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William Klein s explosive, challenging New York street photography made him one of the most heralded artists of the fifties. An American expatriate in Paris, Klein has also been making challenging cinema for over forty years, yet, with the exception of his acclaimed 1969 documentary MUHAMMAD ALI, THE GREATEST, his film work is barely known in the United States. In his three fiction features WHO ARE YOU, POLLY MAGGOO?, MR. FREEDOM, and THE MODEL COUPLE he skewers the fashion industry, American imperialism, and middle-class complacency with hilarious, cutting aplomb. Today, Klein s politically galvanizing and insanely entertaining social critiques seem even more ahead of their time than works of the more famous New Wavers that overshadowed them: colorful, surreal antidotes to all

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliriously wonderful May 26, 2008
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I bought this because I'd heard about Polly M, and it was a well-recommended film. These three movies are all treasures that clearly belong to the time when they were made but are oh so appropriate for today. One has to hope they are not truly timeless in their satire, but sadly the same targets (media trash, fashion, US government and corporate sponsored terrorism, etc.) have only got bigger and more grotesque over the decades. I guess I want to say these films deserve better presentation, with all the bells and whistles (interviews, essays, trivia, etc.) but they do speak very very well for themselves, with so much prescience. (Freedom fries anyone?)

And did I say that Mr. Klein is a truly competent film maker?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover William Klein!!!! July 19, 2009
This is one of Criterion's best Eclipse series. I had never heard of William Klein until recently. The folks at the Sundance Channel had played Klein's film Who Are You, Polly Magoo? a few times, and I really liked what I saw. So I decided to rent the entire series.

William Klein is known for his photography, but during the 1960's, he was an expatriate living in Paris where he made these 3 films, Who Are You, Polly Magoo?, Mr. Freedom, and The Model Couple. Many films from this time period are dated, but these 3 films are still contemporary in their attitudes and are timeless because of Klein's irreverence and excellent mise-en-scene. The best of the bunch is Who Are You, Polly Magoo?. It's a funny, still relevant story of a fashion model being interviewed for a French TV programme that isn't really interested in Polly, just interested in interviewing the "fashion model of the month". There is a lot of funny satire in this film, especially the way Klein satrizes the pretentions of these people and their questionable tastes in "fashion". The framing in this film is especially striking and totally unique, making it one of the best films I've seen in a while.

The 2nd film, Mr. Freedom, has all the trappings of a film that is completely dated. Its central character is literally titled Mr. Freedom, a parody of LBJ and the Vietnam, macho mentality that was especially vivid in the late 60's. But that mentality hasn't really gone away in America, or the world. In fact, many of the lines espoused by Mr. Freedom were said by Bush in the run up to the Iraq War, almost word for word (like "freedom is on the march" and "you're either with us or against us")! Did Bush see Mr. Freedom before his run up to the war? Probably not, but the mentality still exists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Has Done It Again June 14, 2012
The Eclipse series by Criterion has been the forerunner in presenting obscure but essential films by some of the world's best directors. Series 9:The Delirious Fictions of William Klein does just that. It has been said that every work is the favorite of at least someone and that is a valid point for these three films. I do not always appreciate the points that Klein was trying to make but the films are fun to watch at least in small doses.

Klein was living in Paris in the late sixties and early seventies when these films were made and he attempted to take on some of the day's greatest social issues with biting humor. As a fashion photographer he has a visual style and flair that shows up in all of his work and his crowded frams always present something interesting to look at even if the message is somewhat dated.

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966) takes on the vapid nature of the fashion industry and the hero worship that modern society has for beautiful people. It is shot in striking black and white and is as important in today's media driven culture as it was then.

Mr Freedom (1970) Klein's bizarre super hero film tackles the issue of American imperialism in light of the Vietnam War. Its a garish, colorful film with a subtle anti-American subtext. By creating a buffoonish superhero, Klein turned his camera toward the politics and culture of America exposing a dark core of imperialist aggression.

The Model Couple (1977) presages the world of reality television and shows just how easily government control, even for scientific purposes ac set a nation on the slippery slope leading to totalitarianism.

These films may not be to everyones liking but in small does they are well worth seeing at least as a window into what 1960's popular culture was and as a warning as to what our unchecked systems may lead to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Entertainment January 11, 2012
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Polly Magoo is a cute spoof of the world of High Fashion and High Society. Everyone wants a piece of her to advance their own interests and agendas.

The Model Couple could have been written by George Orwell if he decided to write a comedy. It is a story of the Omniptent State and it's bureaucrats seeking to, study, measure and probe every aspect of The Ideal Couple in order to dictate exactly what the Paternalistic State should provide and allow, without regard to any wishes of the Governed.

Mr. Freedom exposes a group of organized terrorists who have highacked the word Freedom to cover their motives as simply a rival gang, to Politicians who would rule by force. In the end, they are seen as flip sides of the same coin, with each trying to impose it's will by slaughtering it's opponents.

All three offer great fun with serious content.
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