David and I are back with another episode of The Eclipse Viewer, the podcast dedicated to the Criterion Collection’s Eclipse Series of DVDs.

In this episode we talk about Eclipse Series 9: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein. Klein, an American expatriat is perhaps best known for his photography, which caused quite a stir. For some time in the 1960s, he was a fashion photographer for Vogue, and his critique of the fashion industry is the subject of his first fictional feature, Who Are You, Polly Magoo?

His second feature-length foray into fiction was Mr. Freedom, an overt critique of American culture and politics of the late 1960s. His third and final fictional feature was The Model Couple, another satire in which a newly-wed couple is studied and put on display for the world.

These films may be off-putting due to the extreme viewpoints they critique and the extreme viewpoint from which they were composed, yet they are filled with ideas and delivered with conviction.

Please find the podcast, the shownotes, and the links over at CriterionCast here.


In the next episode of The Eclipse Viewer, David and I are planning to discuss Eclipse Series 12: Aki Kaurismäki’s Proletariat Trilogy, which contains these three films: Shadows in Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988), and The Match Factory Girl (1990). We’ve timed this to coincide with Criterion’s blu-ray release of Kaurismäki’s La Vie de Bohème,  which comes on January 21, 2014.

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