For his fiction feature debut, Klein drew upon his years as a fashion photographer to create this delicious skewering of the absurdities of haute couture, bursting at the seams with sight gags. Brooklyn-born model Dorothy McGowan stars as Brooklyn-born model Polly Maggoo, an American in Paris with several prying men (Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, and Sami Frey) in her orbit.
In English and French with English subtitles
Broadway by Light (1958, U.S./France, 11m, 35mm)
Klein’s stunning debut is an impressionistic study of the lights and shadows of Times Square and beyond. “The first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary.” —Orson Welles
Introduced by critic Ed Halter, co-editor of From The Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader (Seven Stories Press) on March 7. This first comprehensive anthology of film writing originally published by Grove Press — the American distributor of Polly Maggoo and Broadway By Light — will be on sale at the concession stand after the screening!
Ed Halter is a critic and curator living in New York City, and a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York.