Linda Brusasco’s 2010 documentary, Duffy: The Man Who Shot Sixties, is an engaging film that shares with the viewer some of the life story of brilliant, elusive and street-wise photographer Brian Duffy. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy pioneered a fresh approach to fashion photography that echoed the pop culture of Britain’s Swingin’ Sixties. His iconic shots of Jean Shrimpton, John Lennon, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Twiggy and many more, are familiar to anyone who has paid attention to rock ‘n’ roll and fashion.
The doc features David Bowie, Angela Bowie, Mick Ronson, David Bailey, among others. Mandatory viewing for anyone interested in photography as art and cultural touchstone.
Okay, I have to admit, this is pretty funny and WANT-worthy, right?
May I present to you the Black Lodge hat by Connoisseur:
Well, as we are now in the fifth year of the cult Weir hat our creative juices keep on flowing, this year sees two special editions inspired by two of Hollywood’s great cults. David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is the inspiration behind this one. Based on the extradimensional ‘Red Room’ from the cult TV series and accompanying film Fire Walk With Me.
We’re proud to present the Black Lodge hat.
I think you might have to actually be standing in a room of red curtains for anyone to get it, but I still like it.
New York City-based artist E.V. Svetova (aka Katyok on deviantART), designs these oddly-beautiful David Bowie dolls. According to her page, she does “all of the customization and painting, as well as most of the garment design and construction.”
Some of these shots are based on iconic Mick Rock portraits of Bowie. Extra points for the mini Kansai Yamamoto knock-offs!
Unfortunately none of the dolls are for sale. My husband was crushed by this news.
In Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Faye Dunaway plays a neurotic, spaced-out, emotionally unstable model by the name of Lou Andreas Sand living in a remote beach house, trying to recover from a nervous breakdown that saw her institutionalized.
The script for the film was inspired by the life of iconic 1950s fashion model Anne Saint Marie. Director Jerry Schatzberg (Panic in Needle Park) taped hours worth of interviews with Saint Marie—who suffered a nervous breakdown at the height of her career—and these sessions became the basis of the film. Actor Barry Primus plays a photographer who is interviewing Dunaway’s character. The conceit of the interview gives the almost cinéma vérité-ish film a non-narrative structure that allows for an effective use of the jarring flashback and flash-forward editing style popular at the time, and contributes viscerally to explaining how truly disconnected from reality Lou has become.
The film provides quite a good showcase for Dunaway as an actress, it’s raw at times. She’s stunning in it, too. What a great beauty she was then. Puzzle of a Downfall Child is also beautifully shot. First-time director Schatzberg was a noted photographer—he snapped Dylan for the Blonde on Blonde album cover and the Rolling Stones in drag—who worked for Vogue and other major magazines. It was when he shot Dunaway for Esquire that he pitched her the idea. The two became lovers and Schatzberg’s wife of 18 years divorced him, although Dunaway would leave him in 1969 for Marcello Mastroianni.
Sadly Puzzle of a Downfall Child has never come out on home video and so is not widely known. It was restored by Universal in 2011 and shown at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival with Faye Dunaway and Jerry Schatzberg in attendance, but it’s still unavailable (except in France)
Lucky for you, if you’ve read this far, some kind soul has posted Puzzle of a Downfall Child, in its entirety and in great quality, on YouTube: