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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

The Messiah / William Klein

From the moment of its creation, Händel’s “Messiah” has never ceased to captivate. Αt the dawn of the third millennium there are many who await this call since our world is going from bad to worse. Far removed from film representations based on operas,William Klein’s film is inspired by the musical work, Händel’s oratorio, giving it new meaning. Music and images in simultaneous harmony and conflict create a paradoxical and innovative approach.William Klein conveys the marvelous energy of the work. So “Messiah”, becomes both a call and a confirmation, expressing grandeur and weakness, fear and hope; it becomes the oratorio of the end of the century.


Director:William Klein
Script:William Klein
Cinematography:William Klein, Francine Filatriau, Pascal Marti. Photos: William Klein, Jacques Brissot
Editing:Françoise Arnaud, Frédéric Attal
Sound:Frédéric Attal
Music:Händel (The Messiah). Orchestra & Chorus: Les Musiciens Du Louvre, directed by Marc Minkowski, Deutsche Grammophon
Producer:Michel Rotman
Production:KUIV Productions & France 2 Cinéma
Production Country:France
Format:35mm, Color
Duration:87'
Production Year:1998-99
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 19:15
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