Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Country: USA

1970 | 105 min. | English
Subtitles: German

Cast_ Faye Dunaway, Roy Scheider, Barry Primus, Viveca Lindfors Screenplay_ Carole Eastman, Jerry Schatzberg Camera_ Adam Holender Producer_ John Foreman Rights_ Universal Pictures International Germany GmbH

The aftermath of a mental breakdown – in this emotional film, a woman casts a disillusioned look back at her glamorous life as a model.

Lou Andreas Sand (Faye Dunaway) lives alone in a remote beach house. Once a famous model, she now tells a photographer friend about her life. Through her recollections, we see her at work, traveling to Europe, and also her numerous affairs. These memories, however, don’t always correspond to the true events. Lou’s lies are an attempt at protecting herself from traumatic experiences. Director Jerry Schatzberg was a successful photographer for various fashion magazines in the 1960s. ›Puzzle of a Downfall Child‹ is his feature debut and one of the discoveries of this retrospective.


Jerry Schatzberg (b. 1927) began his career as a photographer for fashion magazines (Vogue and Esquire). From the end of the 1960s onwards, he devoted himself to cinema, authoring such films as the Al Pacino-starring ›The Panic in Needle Park‹ (1971) and ›Scarecrow‹ (1973), which are classics of New Hollywood.


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