Pop: On Screen and Around the World
Dir. William Klein, France, 1969, 35mm, 92 min.
William Klein’s absurdist parody of American values follows
the titular hero as he attempts to thwart a communist invasion of Europe in the
most bombastic and outrageous way possible. Frighteningly ahead of its time, Mr. Freedom dares to imagine a world where
American global dominance becomes a surreal comic book fever dream.
Broadway by Light
Dir. William Klein, US/France, 1958, 35mm, 12 min.
A scintillating choreography of illuminated advertising signage, Broadway by Light captures the postwar excesses of American capitalism at its grandest.
Pop: On Screen and Around the World is guest curated by Ed Halter and organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with International House Philadelphia on the occasion of the exhibition International Pop on view at the Museum February 24 - May 15, 2016. For more information on the exhibition, including a list of generous donors, please visit philamuseum.org.