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Faces

1968 / 130min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN CASSAVETES

CAST: GENA ROWLANDS, JOHN MARLEY, LYNN CARLIN, SEYMOUR CASSEL

WRITTEN BY - JOHN CASSAVETES

Richard (John Marley) and Maria (an Oscar-nominated Lynn Carlin), their marriage exhausted, each look for a transfusion of youth from members of the hustling class. Cassavetes’ return to independence after a sojourn with the studios is a “second first film” that forms the nucleus of cast (Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel), crew (Al Ruban) and locations (the Cassavetes/Rowlands household) of the productions to follow. Each long scene is a kinetic mix of anger, libido, and (oddly) fun. Every bid for connection in canceled out by an impulse to keep it at bay. Richard, in love, asks the sweet, goofy escort (Rowlands) to be serious for a minute. In love, she answers, “Definition of serious: blah blah blah.”

35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.