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From film-novel to photo-novel, the publishing house Delpire & Co, specializing in “singular photographic writings” and “encounters between text and image,” offers us a discovery, or a rediscovery, of William Klein’s cult film, Who are you, Polly Maggoo?, through the prism of photography. 

Relating with a burlesque fantasy the adventures of Polly Magoo, a star model played by Dorothy McGowan (model for Vogue in the 1960s), running from fitting rooms to television studios, this zany film-novel, carried by explosive dialogue and a “no-heads-or-tails” scenario, very New Wave, is also a “crazy criticism of an era and its demons.”

An unbridled fantasy but a very graphic line (with, in particular, “chiseled framings” made by a master of photography, Jean Boffety), which reflects the layout of the book drawn from the original images of the film where we recognize some legendary actors, such as Jean Rochefort and Sami Frey but also Philippe Noiret, Alice Sapritch, Delphine Seyrig, Roland Topor …

A surprising mixture of sophistication and poetry.

William Klein – Who are you, Polly Maggoo?

Delpire & Co – Until 10/12

13, rue de l’Abbaye, Paris VI

Credits : @Delpire & Co

Stéphanie Dulout