Watch Now: MODEL SHOP
Famous for his visual style and continuity such as crossing-over characters from one film to another, the French director Jacques Demy released his first English-language film, the American drama Model Shop, in 1969. What is so special about it is that it reused plots from three of his films: Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Bay of Angels. The plot is set in 1969, where an unemployed architect George Matthews is trying to pay off his debts and winds up falling in love with a woman working in a model shop named Lola, who is having some money problems, too. George and Lola connect.
The role of George almost went to then-unknown Harrison Ford but the studio demanded Gary Lockwood, who had been filming for twenty years and had, in 1968, filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey. Alexandra Hay was cast right after Lockwood for the role of Gloria and, in the end, Anouk Aimée, a very popular actress who had starred in huge hits such as Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, was cast for the role of Lola. Quentin Tarantino has added this film to his list of films to watch before Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so the viewers’ interest was restored. Model Shop offers a rather different perspective from a New Wave foreign filmmaker’s point of view, using objects like fashion, psychedelic music, drugs and the Vietnam war to let himself be fascinated by them and deliver a whole new take on America.