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Film-maker William Klein is to visit Dublin

A renowned photographer and film-maker for the past 60 years, film-maker William Klein is to visit Dublin to present his best-known film, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? 

The film is being shown as part of a season of his works which can be seen between February 14 and 20 at the IFI and at The Lighthouse cinema.

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? was Klein’s first feature and the film-maker will take part in a post-screening Question and Answer session with James Armstrong, Lecturer in Visual Culture at NCAD.

Filmed in black-and-white, the film parodies Parisian high fashion and haute couture. The season of Klein's works, entitled Delicious Fictions is a collaboration between Irish Film Institute and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

A fashion photographer and street documentarian based in New York, William Klein began to create films in the 1960s, working with renowned French director Alain Resnais, amongst others.

Described as "audacious, satirical, anarchic and controversial" he has photographed Muhammad Ali, Little Richard, the French Open, the Parisian fashion scene, Hollywood and Algerian folklore.

Messiah also features in the series of Klein screenings,  the film-maker's impressionistic visualisation of Handel’s Messiah. It features the opera performed by numerous international choirs, including the Dallas Police Choir, a drug rehab choir in Harlem, and the Lavender Light Gay and Lesbian Interracial Choir.

The three William Klein screenings are as follows: Messiah, 3.30pm, February 14; The Model Couple, 6..30pm, February 17; Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? 6.00pm, February 20, with Q & A session afterwards.

See www.jdiff.com for information on other William Klein screenings at the Light House Cinema as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

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