Cinema: Predictable Embarrassment

Puzzle of a Downfall Child is the one about the agonies of a high-fashion model. Played as unregenerate soap opera—like Doctors' Wives, for example (see following story)—it might have been diverting enough. But Director Jerry Schatzberg, Scenarist Adrien Joyce and Star Faye Dunaway are resolutely serious about every single moment, and the result is embarrassment. Miss Dunaway plays (quite badly) a manic fashion mannequin named Lou Andreas Sand, whose beauty and psyche crumble under the assorted and predictable pressures of the Big Time in New York. Even her language becomes stylized and stilted....

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