In conjunction with the exhibition, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion , The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting screenings of three fashionable films, “Funny Face”, “Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo”, & Isaac Mizrahi’s “Unzipped”. Funny Face is the first on the schedule and will play on July 10th. Get the details below:

Film: Funny Face
When & Where:
Friday, July 10, 2009, 5:30 PM
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
$10.00 {
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Details:
Pre-screening discussion with Harold Koda, Kohle Yohannan, and Carmen Dell’Orefice
Directed by Stanley Donen, with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, 1957, 103 min
Description:
Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton’s dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer.

Watch this Funny Face clip:

Film: Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?
When & Where:
Friday, July 17, 2009, 5:30 PM
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
$10.00

Details:
Pre-screening discussion with Harold Koda, Kohle Yohannan, and Dorothy McGowan
Directed by William Klein, 1966, 102min

Description:
In this excoriating satire of the fashion industry, Polly Maggoo is a 20-year-old Brooklyn-born fashion model in Paris, on the runway at the big shows where magazine editor Ms. Maxwell is the reigning opinion maker. The ridiculous passes for sublime. Polly becomes the subject of an episode of a vapid TV news documentary series called “Qui êtes-vous?” and is pursued by the filmmaker and by the prince of Borodine, a small country in the Soviet bloc. We watch as the documentary is shot, we await Polly’s arrival in the principality, we observe a lunch in the suburbs, and we learn of her childhood. Is there more to Polly than her pretty face? Is anything below the surface?

Watch the Polly Maggoo clip below:

Film: Unzipped
When & Where:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 5:30 PM
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
$10.00

Details:
Pre-screening discussion with Harold Koda and Isaac Mizrahi
Directed by Douglas Keeve, 1995, 73 min

Description:
Using a variety of cinematographic techniques, the world of high- profile fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is portrayed as being driven by excitement and creativity, despite the concomitant chaos and cacophony. Mizrahi’s frenzied genius and rollercoaster emotions paint a humorous and personal portrait of a brilliant designer. Famous “SuperModels”, actors, and actresses populate Issac’s rarified world, but Douglas Keeve’s cameras capture the stress and turbulence beneath the placid coolness of glamour.

Watch a clip of Unzipped below:

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