Puzzle of a Downfall Child

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Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Puzzle of a Downfall Child.jpg
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Written by Carole Eastman
Jerry Schatzberg
Story by Carole Eastman
Starring Faye Dunaway
Music by Michael Small
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • December 16, 1970 (1970-12-16)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a 1970 film drama directed by Jerry Schatzberg. It stars Faye Dunaway, Barry Primus, and Roy Scheider.


A beautiful but disturbed young woman lives alone at a beach cottage, reliving her past, a life 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.


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