Monday, September 8, 2008

qui êtes-vous, polly maggoo?

i found myself nested on a vintage sofa in a candlelit room in front of a small macbook screen last night, watching a very unusual film. the black and white contrasted shots circa 1966 made it classic; the french dialogue with english subtitles made it romantic; the abstract editing and seemingly absurd storyline made it artistic. this film wasn't anything we had expected, but it impressed us more so than the film we thought it would be. imagine a mod, fashion-based movie about a model where at any point in the movie, you could pause it and the frozen image looks as though it should be a photograph, an interestingly composed image. the storyline, though confusing at times, was strangely entertaining. 

what i found to be most interesting was how the filmmakers analyzed the movement of fashion in the 60's throughout this film, though it was made in the 60's. it seemed like this movie could have been made recently to be a historical look back on mod fashions. i watched it with this in mind and found myself even more involved in the movie, comparing the world's thoughts on fashions then with what we know to believe now.

watch this film with an open mind and an appreciation for unconventionality.

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