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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.

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

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Sometimes interesting, always incoherent
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Absurdist comedy is a tricky thing to get right. This movie manages well in the opening scenes, which involve a bizarre fashion show and model Polly being propositioned by a string of losers on the street, and at its best it is reminiscent of the early films of Richard Lester. The director, however, has no interest in, or is incompetent at, story telling, and the film becomes a hodgepodge of miscellaneous nonsense. Sometimes it is still interesting, and it is always visually striking, but at times the movie becomes so random, with characters speaking in long sequences of non-sequitors, that it was painful. At best, this is an interesting curio, but as a movie it's a failure.


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