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Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressful workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

Jerry Schatzberg (story), Carole Eastman (story) (as Adrian Joyce) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressful 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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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de una modelo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the list of insolent photographers (with whom the main character would "never" work again) is the name Schatzberg. The name is seen clearly prior to Barbara Carrera's entrance into Dunaway's dressing room, just before she adds another name. Jerry Schatzberg is the director of the film and this is most likely an inside joke about the real model upon whom he based the character. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Technical aspects far exceed the characters and performances...
3 July 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Dud story about a fashion model falling apart is given such a handsome, chilly look, precise editing and lovely music passages that one is nearly tempted to call "Puzzle of a Downfall Child", at the very least, half a success. Still, Faye Dunaway isn't charismatic enough to carry the weight of a leaden character portrait, one wherein the heroine feels her soul fragmenting yet also questions whether she still possesses a soul to lose...or perhaps never had one to begin with (she is a lapsed Catholic, after all). Dunaway's model (with the self-made-up name of Lou Andreas Sand!) is flashing back on her career while an ex-paramour and colleague tape-records her shallow reminiscences of bitchy, badgering photographers and lovers. Her earliest memories (particularly her first modeling assignment posing with an unleashed falcon) are quite vivid, but there's no substance or self-effacing humor in Carol Eastman's screenplay (penned under the alias of Adrian Joyce). Director Jerry Schatzberg, who worked on the original story with Eastman, allows Dunaway too much room to wail and wither and carry on, and after awhile she's as isolated from us as she is from her work. Adam Holender's cinematography and Michael Small's music are each exquisite, and Evan Lottman's editing also deserves praise; however, these attributes are in the service of a barren melodrama so removed from reality that the episodes are practically devoid of anything interesting. It's almost as if that's the point. *1/2 from ****


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