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The debut of writer and director [[Performer~P110122~Jerry Schatzberg~jerryschatzberg]], this cinema verite drama won accolades for the Golden Globe-nominated performance of lead actress [[Performer~P20518~Faye Dunaway~fayedunaway]]. [[Performer~P20518~Dunaway~fayedunaway]] stars as Lou Andreas Sand, a former fashion model who has retreated to her seaside cottage and is being interviewed by Aaron Reinhardt ([[Performer~P107104~Barry Primus~barryprimus]]), a photographer and filmmaker who helped make her famous and with whom she was once involved. Aaron wants to make a movie about Lou's rise from rags to riches but as Lou recalls it, her seemingly glamorous existence was anything but a Horatio Alger tale. In an addled fog, Lou struggles to recite a shocking litany of casual sex and rape, drug and alcohol abuse, and the anger of her lesbian mentor Paula Galba ([[Performer~P99805~Viveca Lindfors~vivecalindfors]]) when her romance with wealthy boyfriend Mark ([[Performer~P63580~Roy Scheider~royscheider]]) nearly led to marriage. Her career deteriorating, Lou even attempted suicide. A former fashion photographer himself, Schatzberg was an apt choice for director of this melodramatic portrait of the industry's ugly underbelly. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1970

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Faye Dunaway Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1970 Nominee

Cast

Faye Dunaway
as Lou Andreas Sand
Barry Primus
as Aaron
Viveca Lindfors
as Pauline Galba
Barry Morse
as Dr. Galba
Roy Scheider
as Mark
Joseph George
as 1st Man in Bar
Shirley Rich
as Peggy McCavage
Sam Schacht
as George
Barbara Carrera
as T.J. Brady
Susan Willis
as Neighbor

Crew

Jerry Schatzberg
Director
John C. Foreman
Producer
Paul Newman
Producer
Adrien Joyce
Screenwriter
Adam Holender
Cinematographer
Evan Lottman
Editor
Richard Bianchi
Art Director
Hubert Oates
Set Designer
Terry Leong
Costume Designer
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