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SYNOPSIS:
Business executive Richard (John Marley) and his wife, Maria (Lynn Carlin), try in vain to escape the anguish of their empty marriage in the arms of others.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Using 16mm black and white, John Cassavetes shoots this drama as if it were a doco, often following the characters in and out of rooms, shooting them in close up, at angles and on the move through a crowded bar or room. It adds a sense of unpredictability (without the irritation of the hand held camera style that developed two decades later) and urgency to what is already a rambunctious screenplay.

Cutting through cinematic fakery, Cassavetes scalps the marriage and its extended, often dysfunctional relationships, notably one between Richard (John Marley) and goodtime girl Jeannie (Gena Rowlands). But the exploration reaches wider as it unravels the American middle class. With its moodswings and unexpected shifts, Faces is like a cinematic roller coaster in the dark. Richard visits Jeannie, who is already entertaining a couple of men, while his wife Maria (Lynn Carlin) goes out on the town with three of her girl friends, with whom she takes home Chet (Semour Cassell) who they meet in a dance club. Both have consequences, but you won't expect the film's understated yet powerful ending.

John Marley is outstanding - and won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for the role. Gena Rowlands sparkles, and both Lynn Carlin and Seymour Cassell give Oscar nominated performances.

Published January 15, 2009



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

FACES: DVD (M)
(US, 1968)

CAST: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassell, Val Avery

PRODUCER: Maurice McEndree

DIRECTOR: John Cassavetes

SCRIPT: John Cassavetes

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Al Ruban

EDITOR: Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Phedon Papamichael

RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes

PRESENTATION: B&W; 4:3; DD

SPECIAL FEATURES: Still gallery

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Shock

DVD RELEASE: January 10, 2009







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