The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Puzzle of a Downfall Child.
Based on his own interviews with troubled fashion model Anne St. Marie, Jerry Schatzberg’s Puzzle of a Downfall Child is an unnervingly intimate, narratively-fragmented portrait of a top fashion model in personal and professional decline. Faye Dunaway, fresh from her star-making role in Bonnie and Clyde, delivers a tour-de-force performance as Lou Andreas Sand, once a celebrated model now shored up in an isolated beach house struggling to maintain her partial grasp on reality. Directly influenced by the European art cinema of Alain Resnais, Ingmar Bergman, and Michelangelo Antonioni and boasting a screenplay by acclaimed screenwriter Carole Eastman and supporting performances by Barry Primus, Roy Scheider, and Viveca Lindfors, Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a visionary film emblematic of the disenfranchised subjects, art-film sensibilities, and young, creative filmmakers that made the New American Cinema.
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Jerry Schatzberg, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interviews with Schatzberg and actor Faye Dunaway
- Alternate opening sequence prepared by the studio
- New interview with playwright Elisabeth Bouchaud
- Fashion of a Downfall Child, scholar Drake Stutesman on the film’s costumes and fashion trends
- Sounds from Across the Ocean, scholar Jay Beck on the film’s sound design
- PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and photographer Bruce LaBruce
“He said he was going to cut off his finger if I didn’t make his film.” – producer Menahem Golan.
“Terrific. Completely original from beginning to end.” – Roger Ebert, SISKEL & EBERT.
American poet and novelist extraordinaire Charles Bukowski drew upon his own life to script this story that tickles and jabs the social underbelly of booze, bars and brave madness. Downtrodden writer Henry (Mickey Rourke) and distressed goddess Wanda (Faye Dunaway) may be wedded to their bar stools, but they like each other’s company and that says a lot, but when a young publisher smitten with Henry’s outsider mystique appears, Henry must choose between life as a literary lion or a freewheeling alley cat. Barbet Schroeder directs this “classic one-of-a-kind comedy” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times), offering a giddy, whisky-soaked vision of life on the skids and the proud individuals who refuse society’s demands.
- Audio commentary with director Barbet Schroeder
- A new interview with Schroeder, producer Tom Luddy, and former Cannon Films co-owner Yoram Globus
- “I Drink, I Gamble, I Write …”, a featurette on writer Charles Bukowski and the making of Barfly
- The Charles Bukowski Tapes, Schroeder’s 240-minute assembly of interviews with Bukowski
- Bukowski, Taylor Hackford’s 60-minute documentary for PBS
- Theatrical trailer
- 32-page booklet featuring Barbet Schroeder’s article “Bukowski: The Legend and the Misunderstandings” written for Playboy magazine, Roger Ebert’s 1987 account of visiting Barfly‘s set, and Charles Bukowski’s “letter from a fan” in support of the film
Golden Horn Edition – Package Includes:
- Barfly on Blu-ray or Standard DVD booklet featuring over 6 hours of bonus material!
- DRM-free Digital Download of the film on 1080p, 720p, and mobile/tablet formats
- 27″ x 40″ reversible poster
- Charles Bukowski’s novel Hollywood, inspired by the making of Barfly