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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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Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Lou Andreas Sand: I'm not adding up to anything, am I, Aaron? I'm not making any sense.
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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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One of the most underrated films of the 1970's
16 June 2004 | by cinefiliaSee 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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