Jerry Schatzberg
at Lumière 2011



Today’s Liberation features a long interview by Fabrice Rousselot with Jerry Schatzberg, who will come to Lumière 2011 to present Puzzle of a Downfall Child, « a rare masterpiece. »




« When the film was released at the San Francisco Festival in 1970, although Pierre Rissient, the film critic, was not inclined to go to see what he described as a “ rubbish film by a fashion photographer ”, in the end he had nothing else to see that day and he loved the film. Rissient then said to Universal that he wanted to promote the film in France and that was the beginning of the love story between Puzzle of a Downfall Child and France. »


« I wanted to show how ephemeral models are and the inflexible side of the fashion world, with girls who last a few years and then disappear. It’s a kind of metaphor of the way the fashion world operates. »


« Faye Dunaway may be cinema’s last diva (…) When I told her about the story, she was very enthusiastic. I didn’t necessarily think of her for the role, but she stood out very quickly at the heart of the project. »


Read the whole interview on


Distributed by Carlotta Films, a restored copy of Puzzle of a Downfall Child will again be screened in Parisian cinemas on Wednesday 28th September.

Jerry Schatzberg will present Puzzle of a Downfall Child :


Pathé Bellecour, Tuesday 4th October at 8.30 p.m.
Cinema Comoedia, Wednesday 5th October at 7.15 p.m.
UGC Ciné Cité, Thursday 6th October at 8.30 p.m.
Ciné Toboggan / Décines, Friday 7th October at 8.30 p.m.


  • Partenaires médias :
  • France Télévision 2011
  • France Inter 2011
  • Variety 2011
  • Le monde 2011
  • Studio Live 2011
  • Petit Bullettin 2011
  • Evene 2011
  • Telerama 2011

  • Partenaires transport :
  • Trans Air France 2011
  • Trans Renault 2011
  • Trans RA 2011
  • Trans RER 2011
  • Trans Sytral 2011