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Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

 -  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:
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Lou Andreas Sand
Barry Primus ...
Aaron Reinhardt
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Pauline Galba
Barry Morse ...
Dr. Galba
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Mark
Ruth Jackson ...
Barbara Casey
John Heffernan ...
Dr. Sherman
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Shirley Rich ...
Peggy McCavage
Emerick Bronson ...
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Joe George ...
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John Eames ...
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Jane Halleran ...
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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 executive, her friendship with photographer Aaron, and her downward spiral into ruin. Written by Anonymous

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According to filmmaker Shatzberg, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were early champions of the film, helping to get it financed via their film production company at Universal. See more »

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Lou Andreas Sand: I like your hair like that. All the men nowadays are growing their hair long. It's fabulous... *but*, you all look like Jesus! So how will we know him when he arrives?
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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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Features Shanghai Express (1932) See more »

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One of the most underrated films of the 1970's
16 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

For the life of me, I can't figure out why someone doesn't put this film out on DVD or video. Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a hauntingly spare film about the breakdown of beauty. Although less well known than The Panic in Needle Park, it is Jerry Schatzberg's masterpiece. His use of non-linear storytelling coupled with some incredibly dreamy flashback sequences made me feel as if, like heroine Lou Sands, I too was coming slightly undone. For Faye Dunaway fans (and really who isn't a fan of Faye's?), this film showcases not only her incredible beauty--the eyelashes are to die for--but also her talents as an actress. She is more believable as an actress portraying a model than any model portraying an actress could ever hope to be. If it should ever make its way to an art-house near you, you will do yourself a disservice if you miss it. After I left the theater, I kept thinking of that trite adage about how they don't make them like they used to.


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