dir. Jacques Demy, US, 1969, 35mm, 95 min.
Following the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and its follow up The Young Girls of Rochefort Jacques Demy came to Hollywood to make Model Shop. Much like Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, Model Shop finds an acclaimed European director grappling with the many contradictions of American culture. As Demy reprises Lola, the title character of his 1960 feature played by Anouk Aimee, he sets her adrift in Los Angeles at the height of hippie era. While her affair with a young drifter about to be drafted to Vietnam plays out, Demy foregrounds the city itself; gritty, industrial and “poetic” as George the main character remarks at the beginning of the film.