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 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.
This 1968 episode of the French television series “Cinéastes de notre temps” features two interviews with director John Cassavetes: one conducted in Hollywood in 1965, during the making of FACES, and the other in Paris in 1968, after a screening of the film.