In partnership with ICP’s exhibition William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948–2013, Anthology Film Archives hosts a second round of special screenings of a selection of Klein’s extraordinary films: Hollywood, California: A Loser's Opera, The Little Richard Story, Maydays, and Messiah, to screen August 11–15, 2022.

Want a full day of film and photography? Select the "combo ticket" option when purchasing your tickets to receive discount admission to the International Center of Photography to view William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948–2013, called by The New Yorker a “knockout retrospective,” plus a ticket to one of Klein's film screenings at Anthology Film Archives from August 11–15. Purchase holders can show their combo ticket receipt at ICP for admission to the exhibition.

Though he remains best known for his photographic work (despite a resurgence of interest in his moving-image work in recent years), Klein has made numerous films over the course of his career, which run the gamut from short and feature-length documentaries to peerlessly inventive fictional satires, as well as uncategorizable works such as his globe-spanning, Handel-themed essay film Messiah. Dizzyingly eclectic as they are, Klein’s films are united by the same sensibility that distinguishes his photography, which itself encompasses both street and fashion photography: above all, a unique fusion of the penetrating journalistic eye of Weegee, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, and others, and an unbridled, savagely satirical expressionism that is more reminiscent of an artist like George Grosz.

Upcoming Screenings

William Klein
August 11 at 7:00 PM
August 13 at 5:15 PM
August 14 at 8:45 PM

William Klein

August 11 at 8:45 PM
August 13 at 9:15 PM
August 14 at 6:30 PM

William Klein

August 12 at 7:00 PM
August 13 at 7:00 PM
August 15 at 9:15 PM

William Klein

August 12 at 9:15 PM
August 14 at 3:45 PM
August 15 at 6:30 PM

With the exception of MAY DAYS, all exhibition copies are from the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Special thanks to William Klein; Brian Belovarac (Janus Films); Audrey Kamga, Whitney Marin, and Sophie Soghomonian (ARTE France); Tiffanie Pascal; Bruno Ryterband; Vincent Sacripanti (KUIV); and Michael Walsh (Walker Art Center).

William Klein, Backstage “Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?,” 1966. © William Klein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery