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Faces Review: d: John Cassavetes

27 January 2012 11:34 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Faces (1968) Direction and screenplay: John Cassavetes Cast: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery Oscar Movies Gena Rowlands, John Marley, Faces After playing Mia Farrow's husband in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), John Cassavetes reportedly threw the money he made as an actor into the finishing touches on Faces, a personal project he had begun filming in 1966. Cassavetes spent months (some sources say a couple of years) editing the film into a "manageable" six hours, and eventually into its final 130 minutes. Silent-film maverick Erich von Stroheim would have been proud of him — at least in regard to Faces' (initial) length and to Cassavetes' committed auteurship. Now, would the irascible Stroheim have approved of the frequently inaudible dialogue, sloppy editing, poor lighting, careless camera placement, and faux-naturalistic acting? Probably not. Shot in 16mm — that looks like poorly developed Super 8 — black and white, Faces »

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