Seminal Image #905


Model Shop
(Jacques Demy; 1968)

8 comments:

Chris said...

I JUST saw this movie on television recently. I'd never heard of it so I figured I'd give it a shot since it was a Jacques Demy flick. What a dissapointment. Anouk Aimée looked great & I've always liked her acting style (plus her looks!)so I had no problem with her but Gary Lockwood was pretty lame in his performance. What's supposed to be a "searching for a bigger meaning in life" role, was in Lockwood's hands, pretty much just a whiner. I was surprised to see Alexandra Hay as Lockwood's girlfriend only because it's the only role I've ever seen her in besides being the carhop in the 1968 classic Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.

The look of the movie really captures that late 60's early 70's feel of LA though I had to laugh when the two lead characters keep saying how much they love LA, yet the city's pretty ugly in this movie. Cement city and all. Anyway, if you wanna catch a movie with a great late 60s look to it, you'll certainly get that but there's really not much to sink your teeth into.

But THANKS very much for the very cool picture!

H. P. L. said...

I love this movie especially for the cameo by the band Spirit!

estiv said...

Spirit also did the incidental music for the movie, which was finally released as a soundtrack within the last ten years or so. I have some vague memory, though, that their music was recorded for but not used in the movie, which would explain why it wasn't released at the time. (I could be wrong about whether it's in the movie, though -- I loved Umbrellas of Cherbourg but haven't seen this yet.)

Vanwall said...

Spirit's music is used in the movie - sometimes on the car radio in Lockwood's MG TD. They didn't use much of it, however. LA never looked more real in any other film - it was ugly and parts still are.

H. P. L. said...

Yes, you hear some music in te movie. Most of the music composed by Spirit ended up in the "Clear" album: the title track is the main theme of the movie (played on piano by Jay Ferguson when Lockwood comes visiting) transponded on guitar - and a beautiful piece of music incidentally. I knew the soundtrack was out there but I still have to get my hands on it. I'm a kind of Spirit freak so I'll get it sooner or later...

Vanwall said...

Fresh Garbage. Genius.

Peter Nellhaus said...

The Model Shop got minimal release in the US. Demy's first choice for the male lead was an unknown Harrison Ford.

Richard Gibson said...

I went to the Agnes Varda talk at LFF last October. She talked of Demy. I would like to see this and more of his and her films.

The one she was introducing was 'The Beaches of Agnes'.