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Model Shop (1969)

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 »

Director:

Jacques Demy

Writers:

Jacques Demy, Carole Eastman (english dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anouk Aimée ... Lola aka Cecile
Gary Lockwood ... George Matthews
Alexandra Hay Alexandra Hay ... Gloria
Carol Cole Carol Cole ... Barbara
Tom Holland ... Gerry (as Tom Fielding)
Severn Darden ... Camera Shop Owner
Neil Elliot Neil Elliot ... Fred
Jacqueline Mille ... Model No. 1
Duke Hobbie ... David
Anne Randall ... Model No. 2
Craig Littler ... Rob
Hilarie Thompson ... Girl Hippie (as Hilary Thompson)
Jon Lawson Jon Lawson ... Tony
Jeanne Sorel Jeanne Sorel ... Secretary
Jon Hill Jon Hill ... Newspaper Editor
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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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Maybe Tomorrow. Maybe Never. Maybe. See more »

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Drama

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M | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Fotomodell See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM Print) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anouk Aimée played a character named Lola in both this and Jacques Demy's first film, Lola (1961). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gloria: You were dreaming. Yes. You were talking in your sleep. You said: love.
George Matthews: Oh, yeah? I said love? What else did I say?
Gloria: Nothing else. Who were you dreaming of?
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Follows Lola (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Aren't You Glad
Written by Ed Cassidy, Jay Ferguson, John Locke, Mark Andes and Randy California
Performed by Spirit
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French New Wave Filmmaker's look at 60's L.A.
6 July 2003 | by gortxSee 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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