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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:

Puzzle of a Downfall Child 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

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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Masterpiece
13 January 2004 | by MeMyselfISee all my reviews

A landmark in independant american filmaking, Puzzle is the best film ever directed by Jerry Schatzberg. Faye dunaway is incredible. One of the best fims of the 70's.


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