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Model Shop (1969)

M  -  Drama  -  1 April 1969 (USA)
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George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, ... See full summary »

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Alexandra Hay ...
Carol Cole ...
Barbara
Tom Holland ...
Gerry (as Tom Fielding)
Severn Darden ...
Portly Man
Neil Elliot ...
Fred
Jacqueline Mille ...
Model No. 1
Duke Hobbie ...
David
Anne Randall ...
Model No. 2
Craig Littler ...
Rob
Hilary Thompson ...
Girl Hippie
Jon Lawson ...
Tony
Jeanne Sorel ...
Secretary
Jon Hill
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George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, including his girlfriend Gloria. While trying to raise money to prevent his car from being repossessed, George is attracted to Lola, a Frenchwoman who works in a "model shop" (an establishment which rents out beautiful pin-up models to photographers). George spends his last twelve dollars to photograph her, and discovers that she is as unhappy as he. Although Lola is unwilling to respond to George, their brief night of lovemaking gives both the will to deal with their respective problems. Written by alfiehitchie

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Anouk Aimee played a character named Lola in both this and Demy's first film, Lola. See more »

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Lola aka Cecile: [Lola is modeling for George, whose photo session is just about over] You have only one left. If you want me to do anything...
George Matthews: I like what I've got.
Lola aka Cecile: You don't seem particularly interested in photography.
George Matthews: I'm not. I'm more interested in you. Besides, I don't think the guys who come here give a damn for the art of photography, do they?
Lola aka Cecile: I don't judge the customers. It's not my concern.
George Matthews: It's kind of degrading work, isn't it? Why do you do it?
Lola aka Cecile: To make my living... But I don't like this word, "...
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French New Wave Filmmaker's look at 60's L.A.
6 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's always interesting to see a foriegner's view of America (i.e. Antonioni's ZABRISKE POINT, Malle's ATLANTIC CITY), and here, French director Demy's look at 60's L.A.. Looking back in hindsight, it's easy to pick out the details and even cliches that Demy found so fascinating (fashion, car culture, seemingly endless stretches of buildings & lights, psychedelic music (SPIRIT), drugs, underground newspapers, counterculture ideals and, inevitably, the Vietnam War).

The nominal plot is more just a day in the life (almost exactly 24 hours) of a layabout disaffected wannabe architect (Lockwood) who is in a loveless relationship with a pretty but insubstantial young thing (Hay), who meets a mysterious French woman (Aimee). Not much "happens", but the themes and details enumerated above all weave their way into this portrait of a "day in the life."

Unfortunately, Demy selected the dull Lockwood as his lead (it strains credulity to really believe he is a talented architect). Lockwood's lack of charisma is what reportedly led Stanley Kubrick to cast him as the dull uncharismatic astronaut in 2001 (you know the old joke, the most "human" of the characters in 2001 was HAL!). Aimee, despite her French hauteur and ennui, brings the only life to the acting (the less said about Hay the better).

In sum, a tiny slice of life in late 60's L.A.. Not grand, but of some note.

Technical note. The American Cinemateque debuted a striking NEW 35MM print over the July 4th Weekend. Perhaps, this will signal a few Revival House and Film Festival Screenings, as well as a first-time on Video/DVD debut.


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