Review: ‘Model Shop’

French filmmaker Jacques Demy brings a fresh look at LA and American youth, plus a revealing eye for the character and feel of the sprawling California city.

French filmmaker Jacques Demy brings a fresh look at LA and American youth, plus a revealing eye for the character and feel of the sprawling California city.

And it is a work of love in its attitude towards the city and its characters. Demy can be sentimental, sans bathos or mawkishness, and comes up with a day in the life of a 26-year-old youthful drifter whose one romantic interlude is a step in coping with his life.

There is not much story here, but rather a revealing series of incidents that serve as a backdrop for a poetic tale of human disarray, fleeting comprehension and a surface gentleness that belies an underlying discontent and groping for meaning, love and aim by its disparate but well mimed characters.

Model Shop

Production

Columbia. Director Jacques Demy; Producer Jacques Demy; Screenplay Jacques Demy, Adrien Joyce; Camera Michel Hugo; Editor Walter Thompson; Music Spirit; Art Director Kenneth A. Reid

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Anouk Aimee Gary Lockwood Alexandra Hay Carol Cole Severn Darden Tom Fielding

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