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Puzzle Of A Downfall Child

Released 1970
Distributor Universal Pictures

Former Vogue photographer Jerry Schatzberg began his notable directorial career with this Bergmanesque tale of a fashion model’s nervous breakdown. Faye Dunaway plays the hard-partying fashion-plate and Roy Scheider, still a few years from movie stardom, plays one of the men in her life. The screenplay was the work of “Adrien Joyce”, a pseudonym for Carole Eastman who also wrote the script for Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces.

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About Daniel Kremer

San Francisco filmmaker Daniel Kremer has provided audio commentary tracks for Kino Lorber, Shout! Factory, AGFA, and Scorpion disc releases, and essays for Twilight Time special editions. His acclaimed epic-length film Overwhelm the Sky (2019), adapted from a 1799 American Gothic novel, was screened internationally in classic  roadshow format, complete with overture, intermission, and printed souvenir programs. These deluxe screenings received  many accolades before Kino Lorber acquired distribution rights. Kremer's book Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films was published through Patrick McGilligan's Screen Classics Series in 2015. He is currently under contract at Oxford University Press for the first book about Joan Micklin Silver. His other films include the independent dramas Raise Your Kids on Seltzer (2015) and Ezer Kenegdo (2017). He  enjoys doing commentary tracks with fellow TFH guru Allan Arkush.

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Glad to hear this has been restored for blu-ray, my only viewing of it was on a Maine TV station’s local daily matinee show, in a terrible looking print (I was quite young, but even then knew it was a lousy 16mm copy) that was also cut for time and commercial breaks, making a fragmented narrative completely incomprehensible. After that, it just didn’t turn up anywhere, on home video or elsewhere, and it’s fascinated me ever since. Will look for the BD now!

Jenny Agutter fan

I hope to see it eventually.