Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Puzzle of a Downfall Child

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 ...
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Genres: Drama
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1970
Time: 105 min
IMDb: 6.6/10

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.
Plot Keywords: new-york / model / photographer / united-states-of-america / woman
Taglines: n/A
Certificate: Canada:R (video rating) | France:Tous publics | Japan:R (video rating) | Norway:16 | Philippines:R-16 (MTRCB) | Singapore:NC-16 (video rating) | United Kingdom:X | United States:R
Cast: Faye Dunaway , Barry Primus , Viveca Lindfors , Barry Morse , Roy Scheider , Ruth Jackson , John Heffernan , Sydney Walker , Clark Burckhalter , Shirley Rich , Emerick Bronson , Joe George , John Eames , Harry Lee , Jane Hallaren , Susan Willis , Barbara Carrera , Sam Schacht

Details

Company: Jerrold Schatzberg Productions
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 30 Jan 1972 (France)
Year: 1970
Film Location: New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 105 min
Soundmix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

moonspinner55 » 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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