7.0/10
815
7 user 18 critic

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)

Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (original title)
A model tells a television crew about her dreams of a life with prince charming all while fending off the lecherous advances of a horde of men.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A perfectly average young couple volunteers to live in a modern household for a long televised experiment undertaken by the Ministry of Future.

Director: William Klein
Stars: André Dussollier, Anémone, Zouc
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An experimental meditation on Times Square's marquees and iconic advertising that captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York's Great White Way.

Director: William Klein
Mr. Freedom (1968)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mr. Freedom is an all-American superhero that destroys everyone who even remotely disagrees with imperialism. The film accounts his latest assignment to save France from being taken over by the commies.

Director: William Klein
Stars: John Abbey, Delphine Seyrig, Donald Pleasence
Le vampire (1945)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig.

Director: Jean Painlevé
Stars: Max Schreck
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A glimpse at Ana's feeling of being emotionally trapped in a relationship and having the idea of letting go.

Director: Rachel Lang
Stars: Salomé Richard, Julien Sigalas, Cyril Pointurier
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ana, alienated and struggling to find herself, enlists in the reserves to be part of a disciplined group while searching the uncertainty of her own being.

Director: Rachel Lang
Stars: Salomé Richard, Eloïse Genet, Marina Djafar
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a comic introduction, we look closely at a shrimp. Eyes on stilts, color patterns, pinchered walking feet, a rostrum. We watch shrimp eat using a strong claw and a fine one; we watch ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A schoolboy remembers his last holiday in the big house of his family in the country, before it was sold.

Director: Roger Leenhardt
Stars: Odile Versois, Michel François, Jean Lara
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

Director: Jacques Rivette
Stars: Maria Schneider, Joe Dallesandro, Danièle Gégauff
Duelle (1976)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Queen of the Night battles the Queen of the Sun over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on Earth, specifically in modern day Paris.

Director: Jacques Rivette
Stars: Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Jean Babilée
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy McGowan ...
Polly Maggoo (as Dorothy MacGowan)
...
Grégoire Pecque
...
...
Miss Maxwell
...
Jean-Jacques Georges, le journaliste / Reporter
Alice Sapritch ...
La reine-mère / The Queen Mother
...
(as Arrabal)
Guy d'Avout
Roger Constant
Francis Dumoulin
Luce Fabiole
Isabelle Garçon
Violette Leduc
Michèle Loubet
Marie Marc
Edit

Storyline

In this excoriating satire of the fashion industry, Polly Maggoo is a 20-year-old Brooklyn-born fashion model in Paris, on the runway at the big shows where magazine editor Ms. Maxwell is the reigning opinion maker. The ridiculous passes for sublime. Polly becomes the subject of an episode of a vapid TV news documentary series called "Qui êtes-vous?" and is pursued by the filmmaker and by the prince of Borodine, a small country in the Soviet bloc. We watch as the documentary is shot, we await Polly's arrival in the principality, we observe a lunch in the suburbs, and we learn of her childhood. Is there more to Polly than her pretty face? Is anything below the surface? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 October 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in We Are the Mods (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Cabine Des Mannequins
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Where Is Your Film, William Klein?
27 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although certainly superior to the other two releases in the Eclipse 3 DVD set of William Klein films, 'Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?' still suffers from the same debilitating loss of steam and shapelessness which bog down the later 'Mr. Freedom' and the prescient (if turgid) 'The Model Couple'.

After a promising start with a Paris fashion show, where rake-thin models parade through a cave in Dadaesque conical aluminium outfits, we are introduced to the eponymous heroine who is being profiled for a TV show which shares the films title. Dorothy McGowan is the unconventionally pretty (and highly appealing) Polly, whose life story is that of a 1960's Cinderella; plucked from obscurity from a crowd of Beatles fans at Kennedy Airport, as she was in real life, and rocketed to become the next supermodel. We are also introduced to an ennui glazed Prince, who fantasizes about procuring Polly, while the director of the TV profile slowly comes to find himself ensnared by her bemused charm. Cross-cut with this basic story are pretty pointless secondary characters who amount to little in the grander scheme of the film. There are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern like dolts who go off to try and fetch Polly for their Prince (their absurdist exploits become highly annoying before long) and an sadly underwritten Rasputin-like figure who seemingly works for the Prince's mother.

Although often labeled as a critique of the fashion industry (surely a very soft target for satire) there is much more going on in the heart of this film. Klein has plenty of scope to pursue the meaninglessness of celebrity and how all (even those who posses it themselves) can succumb to the fantasy ideal that it enticingly instills in us, along with notions of individual self and the ever present critique of American vs. European sensibility. However, too many scenes are fractured away from the main points (the minutiae of the Prince's daydreams get rather tedious) and the change in mediums, like the animated sequences, seem thrown in to try and grab the audiences interest from floundering rather than present any real structural intention. Fantasy sequences such as Polly's daydream about the TV directors family (reminiscent in tone to the 1965 Terry Southern scripted masterpiece 'The Loved One') show some gripping vision but, again and again, Klein drops the ball by succumbing to the same excesses which would later characterize a certain type of 1960's film-making (such as the all-star spoof 'Casino Royale' or the great Alexander Mackendrick's directorial swan song, 'Don't Make Waves' - both released 1967).

As a visionary stylist, Klein excels but as a theorist and social commentator he flounders hopelessly in circular arguments and observations. As with the director's other fictional films, 'Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?' gives plenty in the way of wacky antics and visually impressive set-pieces but delivers little in regards to a coherent, tightly structured film experience.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?