Prior to the screening, director Jerry Schatzberg discusses his photography career with Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, at 3:30 p.m.
“Jerry Schatzberg drew inspiration from his background as a portrait photographer by using conversations with fashion model Anne Saint-Marie as a foundation for his engrossing story of a washed-up model gradually losing hold on reality. Schatzberg’s first feature, Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a stylistic tour de force that displays his consummate mastery of the medium. The film employs a fractured narrative style that freely intermingles flashbacks and fantasized events with the present and brilliantly manipulates the soundtrack to maximize the carefully calibrated sense of disorientation. In her revealing performance as the fragile model, Faye Dunaway strikingly personifies Schatzberg’s fascination with the disenfranchised that will extend to his subsequent films.” —Harvard Film Archive