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What Movie Was Don Watching on 'Mad Men' Last Night?

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 28, 2014 at 11:42AM

"Mad Men" loves a good arthouse film reference, and in the disorienting opening frames of last night's "Field Trip," the series dropped one of its most puzzling cinematic name-checks to date.
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"Mad Men" loves a good arthouse film reference, and in the disorienting opening frames of last night's "Field Trip," the series dropped one of its most puzzling cinematic name-checks to date.

Up until the gut-punch of the episode's final moments, Don Draper had nothing better to do than go to a matinee in the middle of the day. So what was he watching last night? The folks at Film School Rejects are on the case: the clip was from Jacques Demy's 1969 "Model Shop." The parallels between the film and Don's state of mind are on-the-nose.

This was the only American film ever to be made by the "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" director, and it stars Anouk Aimee as a French divorcee adrift in Los Angeles (how very Megan) opposite Gary Lockwood's floundering architect on the verge of existential despair. (Fun fact: Back in season four, Don and Lane Pryce (RIP) almost went to see "Umbrellas of Cherbourg," but opted for "Gamera" instead.)

Draper sure has good taste in movies, even if his life isn't exactly in order. But as of last night, it seems to be getting there. Watch the trailer for "Model Shop" below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.