William Klein's explosive New York street photography made him one of the most heralded artists of the sixties. An American expatriate in Paris, Klein has also been making challenging cinema for more than forty years, ...展开yet with the exception of his acclaimed documentary Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, his film work is barely known in the United States. In his three fiction features?Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, Mr. Freedom, and The Model Couple梙e skewers the fashion industry, American empire, and governmental mind control with hilarious, cutting aplomb. Today Klein's politically galvanizing social critiques seem even more acute than the works of the better-known New Wavers. These are colorful, surreal antidotes to all forms of social oppression.
In 1977 France, the Ministry of the Future chooses two "normal," white, middle-class citizens, Claudine (An閙one) and Jean-Michel (Andre Dussolier), for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television for six months in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and nonstop surveillance梩he template for "a new city for the new man." A searing satire of the breakdown of individual freedoms in the face of increasing governmental invasions of privacy, William Klein's The Model Couple deftly investigates the fine line between democracy and totalitarianism.