Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

R  |   |  Drama  |  16 December 1970 (USA)
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Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressfull workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Andreas Sand
Barry Primus ...
Aaron Reinhardt
Pauline Galba
Dr. Galba
Ruth Jackson ...
Barbara Casey
John Heffernan ...
Dr. Sherman
Sydney Walker ...
Clark Burckhalter ...
Davy Bright
Shirley Rich ...
Peggy McCavage
Emerick Bronson ...
Joe George ...
1st Man in Bar
John Eames ...
1st Doctor
Harry Lee ...
Mr. Wong
Jane Hallaren ...


Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressfull workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising executive, her friendship with photographer Aaron, and her downward spiral into ruin. Written by Anonymous

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16 December 1970 (USA)  »

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Confesiones de una modelo  »

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1.85 : 1
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Director Jerry Schatzberg told Faye Dunaway about the idea for the film when he was photographing her for Esquire. Dunaway, then a beginner in cinema, lobbied for the project. See more »


Lou Andreas Sand: I'm not adding up to anything, am I, Aaron? I'm not making any sense.
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The ending credits show an image of Dunaway walking away in an entirely out-of-focus shot. The screen becomes smaller and smaller as the credits roll. See more »


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11 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD is about a famous fashion model who's burnt out on the business and moved to a cottage by the sea to reflect on her splintered life. Years of being treated as an object by photographers, stylists, agents, etc., has left her with a serious identity complex and an addiction to pills...although flashbacks show that she was somewhat unhinged to begin with. The film isn't really that good; as critic Pauline Kael noted when the film came out, "I have a constitutional aversion to movies about women whose souls have been lost, stolen or destroyed, especially when it isn't made clear -- and it never is -- whether the heroine had a soul in the first place." But what IS very special about the movie is simply the way that Dunaway LOOKS. Rigged out in precise red lipstick, false eyelashes and liquid eyeliner, she's meticulously photographed by director Jerry Schatzberg, a former lover and onetime fashion photographer. The story is inspired by the true life life of Anne Saint Marie, a fashion model who later came unglued. Schatzberg taped conversations with Anne Saint Marie and used her comments as a framing device for the story. Not a great film, but an interesting one nevertheless.

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