Faces

Faces

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Director: John Cassavetes

Cast: John Cassavetes, John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin

     
 

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Faces is right: this definitive John Cassavetes film consists almost exclusively of tight, uncomfortable close-ups. It takes place in the fourteenth year of the marriage of Richard (John Marley) and Maria (Lynn Carlin). Neither husband nor wife is content with the conditions that prevail; Maria joins her friends looking for romantic satisfaction elsewhere,See more details below

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Faces is right: this definitive John Cassavetes film consists almost exclusively of tight, uncomfortable close-ups. It takes place in the fourteenth year of the marriage of Richard (John Marley) and Maria (Lynn Carlin). Neither husband nor wife is content with the conditions that prevail; Maria joins her friends looking for romantic satisfaction elsewhere, while Richard secures the services of a prostitute (Gena Rowlands). Maria herself has a one-night stand with a hippie (Seymour Cassel), but this is no more satisfying than her dead-end marriage. If you think that Faces is an exhausting experience in its current 130-minute length, imagine what it looked like in Cassavetes' original six-hour cut. Alternately clumsy and profound, it is nonetheless a work of deep sincerity, as recognized by the Venice Film Festival, which bestowed no fewer than five awards on the film, and it perfectly exemplifies Cassavetes' improvisational, cinéma vérité style and searching explorations of modern relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The maturation of his maverick "home movie" ethos, John Cassavetes's Faces (1968) incisively explores the disintegration of an upper middle-class marriage. Shot in 16mm black-and-white, Cassavetes's mobile long takes capture the shifting character dynamics as John Marley's Richard walks out on Lynn Carlin's Maria for a night with Gena Rowlands's prostitute Jeanie, leaving Maria to find temporary solace with Seymour Cassel's young swinger Chet. Punctuating those long takes with extreme close-ups, the actors' brief moments of silent emotional revelation allude to the feelings masked by the jokes, songs, and dances that constitute their interactions. Filmed over eight months and edited over several years, the final form of Faces is hardly off-the-cuff, yet Cassavetes's cinéma vérité style and reliance on improvised performances of scripted lines created a feeling of spontaneous intimacy to match the "realistic," mundane truth of marital boredom. Independently produced by Cassavetes after two frustrating Hollywood experiences, Faces became a critical hit. Along with prizes from the Venice Film Festival and the New York Film Critics Circle, Faces received Oscar nominations for Cassavetes's script and Cassel's and Carlin's supporting performances, confirming Cassavetes's place as one of the most innovative and influential American filmmakers of the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
UPC:
5035673011263
Original Release:
1968
Source:
British Film Inst
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
92,453

Special Features

Presented in both high definition and standard definition; Alternative opening sequence (DVD only, 21 mins); Alternative opening sequence audio commentary (DVD only, 21 mins): Peter Bogdanovich and Al Ruban discuss an earlier cut of faces; Seymour Cassel interviewed by Tom Charity (DVD only, 47 mins); Illustrated booklet featuring interviews and new essays from Tom Charity and Al Ruban

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Marley Richard Forst
Gena Rowlands Jeannie Rapp
Lynn Carlin Maria Forst
Seymour Cassel Chet
Frederick Draper Freddie
Val Avery McCarthy
Dorothy Gulliver Florence
Joanne Jordan Louise
Darlene Conley Billy Mae
Gene Darfler Jackson
Elizabeth Deering Stella
John Hale Actor
Midge Ware Actor
Laurie Mock Actor
Christina Crawford Actor
James Bridges Extra
David Rowlands Actor
O.G. Dunn Comedian
George Sims Bartender
John Neilson Actor

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Jack Ackerman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Maurice McEndree Editor,Producer
Phedon Papamichael Art Director
Don Pike Sound/Sound Designer
Al Ruban Associate Producer,Cinematographer,Editor
Charlie Smalls Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Faces
1. You Look Lousy
2. Meeting Jeannie
3. What Do You Charge?
4. Back Home
5. How Can I Get to the Joke?
6. I Want a Divorce
7. The Loser's Club
8. Jim and Jackson
9. Richard Joins the Party
10. Uncanny Phraseology
11. Definitions
12. The Whisky
13. After the Club With Chet
14. Singing and Dancing
15. Chet and Maria
16. Eggs for Breakfast
17. Mechanical Man
18. The Noble Adulteress
19. End Credits

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