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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lou Andreas Sand
... Aaron Reinhardt
... Pauline Galba
... Dr. Galba
... Mark
Ruth Jackson ... Barbara Casey
John Heffernan ... Dr. Sherman
Sydney Walker ... Psychiatrist
Clark Burckhalter ... Davy Bright
Shirley Rich ... Peggy McCavage
Emerick Bronson ... Falco
... 1st Man in Bar
John Eames ... 1st Doctor
Harry Lee ... Mr. Wong
... Joan
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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 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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30 January 1972 (France)  »

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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 »

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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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Technical aspects far exceed the characters and performances...
3 July 2016 | by See 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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