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Model Shop (1969)

M/PG | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1969 (USA)
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George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, ... See full summary »

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Jacques Demy

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Jacques Demy (english dialogue), Jacques Demy | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anouk Aimée ... Lola aka Cecile
Gary Lockwood ... George Matthews
Alexandra Hay Alexandra Hay ... Gloria
Carol Cole Carol Cole ... Barbara
Tom Holland ... Gerry (as Tom Fielding)
Severn Darden ... Camera Shop Owner
Neil Elliot Neil Elliot ... Fred
Jacqueline Mille ... Model No. 1
Duke Hobbie ... David
Anne Randall ... Model No. 2
Craig Littler ... Rob
Hilarie Thompson ... Girl Hippie (as Hilary Thompson)
Jon Lawson Jon Lawson ... Tony
Jeanne Sorel Jeanne Sorel ... Secretary
Jon Hill Jon Hill ... Newspaper Editor
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Storyline

George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, including his girlfriend Gloria. While trying to raise money to prevent his car from being repossessed, George is attracted to Lola, a Frenchwoman who works in a "model shop" (an establishment which rents out beautiful pin-up models to photographers). George spends his last twelve dollars to photograph her, and discovers that she is as unhappy as he. Although Lola is unwilling to respond to George, their brief night of lovemaking gives both the will to deal with their respective problems. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jacques Demy, the maker of "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" turns his creative camera on the plastic world of L.A. Starring the woman from "A Man and a Woman" and the man from "2001" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

M/PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Model Shop See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM Print) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The American rock band Spirit composed all of the music for the film's soundtrack. The original members of the band, Mark Andes, Randy California, Ed Cassidy, Jay Ferguson, and John Locke, appear on screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gloria: You were dreaming. Yes. You were talking in your sleep. You said: love.
George Matthews: Oh, yeah? I said love? What else did I say?
Gloria: Nothing else. Who were you dreaming of?
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Connections

Follows Lola (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Model Shop
(uncredited)
Written by Ed Cassidy, Jay Ferguson, John Locke, Mark Andes and Randy California
Performed by Spirit
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Sweet, European style drama with amazing LA milieu
16 May 2005 | by aaarrghSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 17, and shortly thereafter decided that I had to move to Los Angeles. In the years since, MODEL SHOP has remained so unavailable and obscure that I was never sure if the movie was really good, or only good to an impressionable small-town 17-year old seduced by its dreamlike visuals of the big city.

After seeing it again at the American Cinematheque, I have to commend my younger self for having good taste. The unusual locations and spare, sun-bleached desert look give the film an almost hallucinatory air. Only an outsider to LA like Demy can find the poetic beauty in desolate beach cottages strewn among sand-blown paths and churning oil derricks.

Demy's story of one day in the life of a disillusioned architect conveys a rich emotion perched between confusion, love, fear and optimism. I can't wait to see it again...


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