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Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child





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In this provocative drama, Lou Andreas Sand (Faye Dunaway) is an emotionally disturbed fashion model who tries to pull her life together. Aaron (Barry Primus) is the photographer who makes her famous, and Mark (Roy Schieder ) is the wealthy man who dates the troubled girl. After a suicide attempt, Lou recalls her story in flashbacks while Aaron visits the retired model in her seaside cabin on the East Coast. She resigns herself to a life of pills and booze and she tries to fill in the blanks of her turbulent career as Aaron listens to the tragic tales of the confused and miserable model. Lou is obviously troubled by her many sexploits and unsure of what to make of them. At one point she discusses what was clearly a rape, but what she calls a passionate encounter. She also talks about how she was the protégé of a lesbian model who helped her rise to the top and then became jealous when she announced that she was to marry. In speaking of her fiancé, Lou becomes vague and distant even when talking about how she jilted him at the courthouse where they were to be wed. Afterward, she loses an important photo shoot in Paris and she blames her fiancé for that and for the resulting decline in her career and her mental health.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Carole Eastman, Adrien Joyce
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Faye Dunaway
as Lou Andreas Sand
Viveca Lindfors
as Pauline Galba
Barry Primus
as Aaron Reinhardt
Barry Morse
as Dr. Galba
Ruth Jackson
as Barbara Casey
John Hefferman
as Dr. Sherman
Sydney Walker
as Psychiatrist
Clark Burckhalter
as Davy Bright
Shirley Rich
as Peggy McCavage
Joe George
as 1st Man in Bar
Syd Walker
as Psychiatrist
John Eames
as 1st Doctor
Lee Harry
as Mr. Wong
Susan Willis
as Neighbor
Barbara Carrera
as T.J. Brady
John Heffernan
as Dr. Sherman
George Joseph Gatis
as 1st Man in Bar
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It's easy to see why Dunaway took off later on, but the look into fashion photography is more dreary than anything.


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