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Model Shop
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The Model Shop

Director: Jacques Demy

Cast: Anouk Aimée, Gary Lockwood, Alexandra Hay

 
George (Gary Lockwood) is a disillusioned 26-year-old who has just quit his stifling job. He lives in Los Angeles with an aspiring young actress named Gloria (Alexandra Hay), who is none too pleased with his recent unemployment. Hanging over his head is the constant threat of repossession of his car and the virtual certainty that he will be drafted into the army. He

Overview

George (Gary Lockwood) is a disillusioned 26-year-old who has just quit his stifling job. He lives in Los Angeles with an aspiring young actress named Gloria (Alexandra Hay), who is none too pleased with his recent unemployment. Hanging over his head is the constant threat of repossession of his car and the virtual certainty that he will be drafted into the army. He sees a beautiful woman in a big car and follows her to her home in the Hollywood hills. A rock-star friend loans him money for a car and he follows the mystery woman to a photography shop. Lola (Anouk Aimée) is an older French model who poses for photographs to pay the bills. After he takes pictures of her, he begins to fall in love with the woman. Gloria discovers the pictures and throws George out of the house. He returns to the model and the two have conversation over drinks before ending up in bed together. Lola wishes to return home to be with her young son and is reluctant to get involved in a relationship. George's relationship with Gloria ends when she leaves him over her failure to understand his motivations. He resigns himself to the fact he will be drafted and probably end up dead in a Vietnam rice paddy in this story of a young man in search of the greater meaning of life.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Director/screenwriter Jacques Demy is generally at his best when at his least philosophical, when his stunning color sense can be employed to reflect and/or add depth to a fairly simple situation or character. He's therefore off his form in The Model Shop, his only American film, in which his attempts at capturing telling but insignificant details during one day in a disillusioned man's life are more successful than his attempts at delving deeper into the character and especially into the problems facing American society in the 1960s. Demy's dialogue can have an attractive simplicity, but applied to weightier issues, it can also come across as inane. However, the director does capture a certain rueful undertone that flows throughout the film and produces a palpable melancholy at times. And while the film lacks the vivid visual stamp that he brings to much of his work, there are still moments when his use of color brings a crashing impact to a scene. Demy regular Anouk Aimée is striking and makes the most of every opportunity given her, making her character complex and sympathetic. The same cannot be said of Gary Lockwood, whose performance is dull and uninvolving. Clearly, Lockwood is hampered by the constraints of the character and script, but his inability to rise above these constraints is still problematic. Despite its flaws, The Model Shop still has a certain power, and Demy does a very good job of capturing both the sunniness and the seediness of Los Angeles. Demy aficionados should definitely give it a go; others should proceed with a bit of caution.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
UPC:
0043396316355
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anouk Aimée Lola
Gary Lockwood George Matthews
Alexandra Hay Gloria
Carol Cole Barbara
Severn Darden Portly Man
Tom Fielding Gerry
Neil Elliot Fred
Jacqueline Miller 1st Model
Craig Littler Rob
Hilary Thompson Girl Hippie
Jeanne Sorel Secretary
Jon Lawson Tony
Jay Ferguson Jay
Ken Prymus Short-Order Cook
Anne Randall 2nd Model
Fred Willard Gas Station Attendant
Jon Hill Allan
Duke Hobbie David

Technical Credits
Jacques Demy Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Adrien Joyce Screenwriter
Ben Lane Makeup
Anthony Mondello Set Decoration/Design
Marty Paich Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Kenneth A. Reid Production Designer
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
Spirit Songwriter
Walter Thompson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Model Shop
1. Chapter 1 [10:51]
2. Chapter 2 [7:54]
3. Chapter 3 [8:32]
4. Chapter 4 [7:03]
5. Chapter 5 [8:11]
6. Chapter 6 [9:54]
7. Chapter 7 [5:16]
8. Chapter 8 [5:21]
9. Chapter 9 [7:20]
10. Chapter 10 [10:30]
11. Chapter 11 [9:19]
12. Chapter 12 [6:47]

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