Domestic Disturbances

Domestic Disturbances

2 Episodes

John Cassavetes’s lacerating marital drama FACES is a brutal and compassionate portrait of a couple confronting the wreckage of their relationship. Bob Clark’s unjustly neglected horror gem DEATHDREAM explores the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War through the story of a couple who receive a shock when their son—who has supposedly died fighting overseas—suddenly returns home. What do these seemingly disparate films have in common? In both, powerhouse actors John Marley and Lynn Carlin play the husband and wife in question, bringing searing intensity and pathos to their harrowing portrayals of couples in crisis.

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Domestic Disturbances
  • Faces

    Episode 1

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1968 • United States
    Starring John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Gena Rowlands

    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 indust...

  • Deathdream

    Episode 2

    Directed by Bob Clark • 1974 • Canada
    Starring Richard Backus, John Marley, Lynn Carlin

    In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents Charles (John Marley) and Christine Brooks (Lynn Carlin) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), ha...