Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Aug. 10, 2019, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie was the 1969 Columbia film “Model Shop,” with Anouk Aimee, Gary Lockwood, Alexandra Hay, Carol Cole, Tom Fielding, Severn Darden, Neil Elliot, Jacqueline Miller, Duke Hobbie, Anne Randall, Craig Littler, Hilarie Thompson, Jon Lawson, Jeanne Sorel and Jon Hill. Photography by Michel Hugo,  production designer Kenneth A. Reid, edited by Walter Thompson, color by Perfect, costumes by Rita Riggs and Gene Ashman, assistant director Herbert Willis, set decoration by Antony Mondello, music editor Ralph Hall, assistant to the producer Richard Roth.

English dialogue by Jacques Demy and Adrien Joyce, sound by Les Fresholtz and Arthur Piantadosi, sound supervisor Charles J. Rice, makeup supervision Ben Lane, Anouk Aimee’s hair styled by Carrie White.  Songs composed and performed by Spirit. Musical sound track produced by Lou Adler, music score conducted by Marty Paich, classical music by J.S. Bach, R. Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov. Written, produced and directed by Jacques Demy.

“Model Shop” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Amazon.

It is also online.

“Model Shop” was one of the films the influenced Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.”

Writing in the New York Times (Feb. 12, 1969), Vincent Canby (yes, we’re in the Canby era) said:

“The Model Shop,” Jacques Demy’s first American movie, looks and sounds like a film made by a sensitive tourist. The French director (“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “The Young Girls of Rochfort”) brings back Lola, the beautiful, emotionally dented leading character of his first movie, and transplants her from Nantes to Los Angeles.

Although Gary Lockwood and Anouk Aimee (the original Lola) are the stars of “The Model Shop,” they obviously aren’t as important to Demy as Los Angeles. Lockwood, a young, disoriented architect about to go to Vietnam, calls the city “pure poetry,” and Demy pictorially defines this in a series of loving, nightmarish explorations of that solid-state grid of boulevards, parking lots, two-story loft buildings, drugstores, supermarkets and beach houses.

Demy is almost right. In “The Model Shop” you don’t experience Los Angeles as often as you read it, on billboards and neon signs, in a freeze-dried vocabulary of words like Sale, Eat, Wash and Service. Even the dialogue has a linear quality. Speeches sound as if they had originally been long subtitles translating the original French.

This is only one of the reasons that nothing in “The Model Shop” quite connects with anything else. The screenplay by Demy … is as aimless and well-meaning as its characters…

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (March 19, 1969), Kevin Thomas said:

Demy has explored brief encounters in all his films but never before with such incisiveness and pertinence. In the model shop, a place of fantasy, he has found the perfect metaphor to link the relationship between Lockwood and Miss Aimee to its setting, the cityi of Los Angeles, a gritty foil for Demy’s lyricism. What better background could there be to express the transitory nature of love?

Aug. 5, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have two mystery gents. They (and I know this will be a surprise) do not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Neil Elliot, right.

Aug. 6, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. What on earth is going on here?

Update: This is Jacqueline Mille.

Brain Trust roll call: Santos L. Halper — after a long absence (mystery movie).

Aug. 7, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a somewhat mysterious gas station attendant.

Update: This is Fred Willard.

Aug. 8, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Alexandra Hay.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests),  Beachgal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery gas pump jockey), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gas pump jockey).

Aug. 9, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have our somewhat mysterious leading lady….

Update: This is Anouk Aimee.

Aug. 9, 2019, Mystery Photo

… and also our somewhat mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Gary Lockwood.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery woman), Beachgal (Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Thom and Megan (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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34 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Santos L. Halper says:

    Looks like the 1969 Jaques Demy pic “Model Shop”, early on when the protagonist is having his MG towed from outside his Venice bungalow. Interesting little flick.


  2. Benito says:

    John Vernon (love him in Sweet Movie, Chained Heat, Killer Klowns and Animal House). Looks like a cop here


  3. Gary says:

    On the right: Michael Murray in The Ipcress File. 1961.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Fred Willard and MODEL SHOP.


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Anouk Aimee in a blond wig yesterday.


  6. Sue Slutzky says:

    The movie is Model Shop. Fred Willard is Wednesday’s guest. Jacqueline Mille on Tuesday?


  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    MODEL SHOP (1969)
    Tuesday: Jacqueline Mille
    Wednesday: Fred Willard


  8. beachgal says:

    The movie this week is the ’69 film, Model Shop. On Monday we have Neil Elliot. On Tues we have Jacqueline Mille. And on Wed we have good old Fred Willard.


  9. Gary says:

    I am convinced, with little evidence, that this is an early Micheal Caine film. Get Carter?


  10. Benito says:

    Fast food worker Fred Willard cracks wise?


  11. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Model Shop”

    Tuesday – Jacqueline Mille
    Wednesday – Fred Willard


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Jacqueline Mille Tuesday.


  13. Sylvia E. says:

    Ah-ha Wednesday. I recognized Wednesday’s gas station attendant.

    Model Shop 1969 is the film

    Monday – still working on the two men, but the signage on the driver’s side door of the tow truck says “Blackstone Incorporated” (I think the other signage is the phone number – but couldn’t find a clear enough image.)
    Tues – Jacqueline Mille
    Wed – (a very young) Fred Willard

    A lot I’ve read about this movie is about its influence on Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Jacques Demy’s take on L.A. & Hollywood in that era.

    Will hold off the IMDB cast list of stars and will guess as you go. I have a guess for Thursday, but she may appear on Friday with the headliners instead. Looking forward to your Saturday breakdown.


  14. LC says:

    Model Shop (1969) w/Anouk Aimee, Gary Lockwood, Tom Holland, Alexandra Hay, Jacqueline Mille, Fred Willard…


  15. Thom and Megan says:

    Our movie is Model Shop with Fred Willard for today, and Anne Randall for Tuesday.


  16. tucsonbarbara says:

    Alexandra Hay


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Alexandra Hay today.


  18. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday: Alexandra Hay


  19. beachgal says:

    For Thurs, we have Alexandra Hay


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Alexandra Hay.


  21. Thom and Megan says:

    Alexandra Hay for today.


  22. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – Alexandra Hay


  23. tucsonbarbara says:

    Anouk Aimée and Gary Lockwood


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood.


  25. Megan and Thom says:

    Today’s stars are Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood. Tuesday’s mystery woman is Jaqueline Mille.


  26. Benito says:

    Model Shop 1969 with Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood. Odd slice of LA life movie with soundtrack by classic rock band Spirit (Fresh Garbage, Mechanical World and more)


  27. Gary says:

    “Somewhat mysterious”? Obviously we go to different movies.Totally mysterious here on the east coast.


  28. Sue Slutzky says:

    Anouk Aimée and Gary Lockwood on Friday


  29. beachgal says:

    For Friday we have Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Anouk Aimee, Gary Lockwood.


  31. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood


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