Puzzle of a Downfall Child
|Puzzle of a Downfall Child|
|Directed by||Jerry Schatzberg|
|Written by||Carole Eastman
|Story by||Carole Eastman|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|Release date(s)||December 16, 1970|
|Running time||105 min.|
A beautiful but disturbed young woman lives alone at a beach cottage, reliving her past, a tissue of delusions and lies.
Lou Andreas Sand (Dunaway) is a former fashion model whose life has gone into a downward spiral including drug use and a nervous breakdown. She tells an acquaintance, Aaron Reinhardt (Primus), her story for a film he is planning on her, but the details do not ring true.
Lou evidently had a lover who abused her and a penchant for sex with strange men. Along the way, she became engaged to marry Mark (Scheider), an ad executive, but apparently jilted him on the day of their wedding, leading to her descent into drugs and an attempted suicide.
- Faye Dunaway as Lou
- Roy Scheider as Mark
- Barry Primus as Aaron
- Viveca Lindfors as Pauline
- Barry Morse as Dr. Galba
- Puzzle of a Downfall Child at the Internet Movie Database
- An interview with Jerry Schatzberg Festival Lumière, October 2011
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