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Faces

John Cassavetes

 
Faces (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1968
  • 130 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #252

John Cassavetes puts a disintegrating marriage under the microscope in the searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of the captain of industry Richard (John Marley) and his wife, Maria (Lynn Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty relationship in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, Faces confronts modern alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema.

Cast

Richard ForstJohn Marley
Jeannie RappGena Rowlands
Maria ForstLynn Carlin
FreddieFred Draper
ChetSeymour Cassel
Jim McCarthy Val Avery

Credits

DirectorJohn Cassavetes
WriterJohn Cassavetes
ProducerMaurice McEndree
Associate producerAl Ruban
Director of photographyAl Ruban
Camera operatorGeorge Sims
SoundDon Pike
EditorsMaurice McEndree and Al Ruban
Art directorPhedon Papamichael
Set decoratorLady Rowlands

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with newly restored uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate eighteen-minute opening sequence
  • Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps from 1968, dedicated to director John Cassavetes
  • Making “Faces”, a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with actors Seymour Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography Al Ruban
  • Al Ruban on Lighting and Shooting “Faces,” a new program featuring commentary by Ruban (Blu-ray); Lighting & Shooting the Film, a study of the techniques and equipment used on Faces by Al Ruban (DVD)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Stuart Klawans (DVD release)

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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Masks and Faces

By Stuart KlawansOctober 22, 2013

People hide from one another in plain sight in John Cassavetes’s rough and raw late-1960s . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Cassavetes’s Company

By Tom CharityOctober 30, 2013


Film Essays

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Masks and Faces

By Stuart KlawansOctober 22, 2013

People hide from one another in plain sight in John Cassavetes’s rough and raw late-1960s . . . Read more »


News

Faces Lift

November 04, 2011

John Cassavetes’ almost unbearably intimate Faces is getting even more close-up and personal: . . . Read more »


Clippings

NOT-SO-SMILEY FACES

May 04, 2009

John Cassavetes’ Faces is certainly a movie to shout about . . . and maybe sing and laugh and . . . Read more »


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