2019, Sat, Aug 24

Carte Blanche à Ulrike Ottinger: Mr. Freedom

D: William Klein, FR 1969, 95 min, English OV

Film still, Mr. Freedom, 1969 | © William Klein

Film still, Mr. Freedom, 1969 | © William Klein

With comic-like figure Mr. Freedom, director William Klein creates an American superhero given the mission of saving Paris from communism. The underground corridors of the Metro become the absurd realm of King Ubu where figures such as Red China Man, Russian Muzhik Man, Jesus and Mary meet to negotiate capitalism, Stalinism, Maoism and Papism. Fiction and reality, ideologies and fashions of the day are presented using the aesthetics of Pop Art and comic strips. William Klein’s political satire and his critical view of US military involvement are still relevant today.

Part of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin – New cinema and contemporary art