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William Klein

Biography

Known for his function in the genres of trend photography and photojournalism, this visible artist created exclusive, irony-tinged photo spreads for Vogue mag and in addition directed such satirical motion pictures as Le Couple Temoin and Mr. Independence. Early in his profession, he gained the 1957 Prix Nadar to get a photojournalism piece on NEW YORK. His debut film, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, offered being a satire of the style industry. Delivered to a Jewish family members in NEW YORK, he later completely relocated to France. Before learning to be a photographer, he researched painting with French visible musician Fernand Leger.

Quick Facts


Full Name William Klein
Date Of Birth April 19, 1928
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Photographer
Education Sorbonne, City College of New York, Sorbonne, City College of New York
Nationality American, French, American, French
Spouse Jeanne Florin, Jeanne Florin
Awards Hasselblad Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Hasselblad Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Movies Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, Mr. Freedom, The Model Couple, Far from Vietnam, Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, La Jetée, Messiah, Broadway By Light, Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther, The Little Richard Story, Mode In France, The French, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers, Muhammad Ali: The Greatest 1964-74, In and Out of Fashion, Hollywood, California: A Loser's Opera, Slow Motion, Contacts, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, Mr. Freedom, The Model Couple, Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, Far from Vietnam, Broadway By Light, The French, La Jetée, Messiah, The Little Richard Story, Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers, Mode In France, Hollywood, California: A Loser's Opera, In and Out of Fashion, Slow Motion, Contacts
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#Fact
1Friends with Delphine Seyrig.
2William Klein first came to Paris as a G.I. on July 13, 1947. It didn't take long for him to pick up "the most beautiful girl in Paris" and, half a century later, they are still married.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Messiah1999Documentary
In and Out of Fashion1998Documentary
Babilée '911992Documentary
Contacts1989TV Series documentary 1 episode
Mode in France1984Documentary
Ralentis1984Short
Contacts1983Short
The French1982Documentary
The Little Richard Story1980Documentary
Grands soirs & petits matins1978Documentary
Hollywood, California: A Loser's Opera1977
Le couple témoin1977
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther1970Documentary
Mr. Freedom1969
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee1969Documentary
Festival panafricain d'Alger1969Documentary
Far from Vietnam1967Documentary
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?1966
Cassius le grand1964Documentary short
Broadway by Light1958Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In and Out of Fashion1998Documentary writer
Babilée '911992Documentary
Grands soirs & petits matins1978Documentary writer
Le couple témoin1977written by
Mr. Freedom1969writer
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee1969Documentary writer
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?1966screenplay and dialogue
Cassius le grand1964Documentary short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Messiah1999Documentary
The French1982Documentary
Grands soirs & petits matins1978Documentary
Le couple témoin1977
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther1970Documentary
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee1969Documentary
Festival panafricain d'Alger1969Documentary
Broadway by Light1958Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Freedom1969lyrics: "Oh Beautiful! Oh Beautiful! America! America!", "Mister Freedom March", "Freedom Baby", "No No Yes Yes", "Freedom Rock"
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?1966lyrics: "Ballade De Polly Maggoo", "Hymne Du Prince"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution2015Documentary archival materials courtesy of: footage
Metroland1997extracts of "Grands Soirs et Petite Matins" courtesy of

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La jetée1962ShortA man from the future (as Bill Klein)

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zazie dans le métro1960artistic consultant

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther1970Documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elles vident leur sac2012Documentary producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ce soir (ou jamais!)2009TV SeriesHimself
Générations 682008DocumentaryHimself
William Klein: Out of Necessity2007ShortHimself
Delphine Seyrig, portrait d'une comète2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Le cercle du cinéma1998TV SeriesHimself
Pariser Journal1965TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In and Out of Fashion1998DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967Prix Jean VigoPrix Jean VigoFeature FilmQui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966)


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#Quote
1[on working with Delphine Seyrig in Mr. Freedom (1969)] She was kind of American - she spent the war in New York and she was really as American as a French girl could be. So she dug the whole idea and she was great and very funny and sexy and everything. She was like my sister; I loved her.
2[on Mr. Freedom (1969)] I wanted the film to be seen, to be popular. I would have liked Marlon Brando to play Mister Freedom, or someone like that - Lee Marvin, maybe. And for the girl I wanted a pop singer. But Delphine Seyrig was sitting right there where you are and she saw the scenario and said, "What's this?" I explained and she said, "I can do it!" I said, "What do you mean? You're going to be like a bimbo? You don't care?" "No, I can do it!"


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