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Director
William Klein
Filmography
1964-65 Cassius the Great (doc.)
1966 Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo/ Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
1967 Loin du Vietnam/Far from Vietnam (segment of the film)
1967-68 Mister Freedom
1970 Eldridge Cleaver Black Panther
1974 Muhammad Ali the Greatest
1975-76 Le couple témoin/The Model Couple
1977 Hollywood, California
1978 Grands soirs et petits matins/ Maydays
1979 Music City, USA
1980 The Little Richard Story
1981 The French
1984 Slow Motion
1985 Mode in France
1991 Babilee ’91
1993 In and Out of Fashion
1999 Le Messie/The Messiah



Biography

William Klein was born in 1928 in New York. He graduated from City College at the age of eighteen and then served for two years in the US Army in Europe, which included one and a half years at the Sorbonne. He settled in Paris and studied briefly with Fernard Leger, learning geometric painting and graphic design before he began experimenting with photography. Alexander Liberman, the legendary art director of Vogue, saw Klein’s early abstract photos in Paris and offered him a contract for special projects in the magazine, and to finance photographs for a portfolio on New York. Still new to the medium, he developed a technique without taboos. Using the wide-angle lens, blur, grain, high contrast and other techniques gave his work a dynamism and intensity that have never been matched. Unable to find a publisher in the US, his book Life is Good and Good for You in New York:Trance Witness Revels was published in France in 1956. It won the Prix Nadar and became a legend for its radical photography and innovative design. In the years following, he completed other major photographic books: Rome (1956), Moscow (1959-60), Tokyo (1961).To finance his personal work, he published fashion photographs for Vogue in 1955-65, which were so inventive that they transformed the field of fashion photography. In 1958 he made Broadway by Light, probably the first Pop Art film.This was the beginning of a remarkable career in film which continues to the present and includes many films.While working on his films, he temporarily abandoned still photography for more than 10 years but he went back to photographic work in the 80s. Since then he has completed many books and his work has been shown in major exhibitions. In 2005, a highly praised retrospective exhibition was held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.



William Klein

Maydays / William Klein

A documentary about May 1968. At the request of students occupying the Sorbonne, William Klein filmed events in Paris’s Latin Quarter. This footage was intended to be used as part of an umbrella film about May 68 which was never completed at the time.The film is given over to the people who, in normal times, barely have any contact with each other and can suddenly express themselves.We listen to workers, housewives, waiters, store owners, immigrants, pensioners, yuppies, bosses, angry young men and women of every political tendency, whose passionate discussions ebb and flow across the city. Good intentions, rumors, revelations, wild dreams and speeches, incisive and farfetched analyses, plots, confessions, crises of conscience... Talking and talking into delirium.


Director:William Klein
Script:William Klein
Cinematography:Bernard Lutic, William Klein
Editing:Catherine Binet, Valérie Mayoux, Nelly Quettier, Ragnar Van Leyden
Sound:Harald Maury
Production:Films Paris New York, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel
Production Country:France
Format:Digital Beta, Β&W
Duration:100'
Production Year:1968-78
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 11:00
FRIDA LIAPPA:Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 15:45
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