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Faces (1968)

R | | Drama | June 1968 (UK)
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An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Forst
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Jeannie Rapp
Lynn Carlin ...
Fred Draper ...
Freddie Draper
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Chet
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Jim McCarthy
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Florence
Joanne Moore Jordan ...
Louise Draper
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Billy Mae
Gene Darfler ...
Joe Jackson
Elizabeth Deering ...
Stella
Ann Shirley ...
(as Anne Shirley)
Dave Mazzie
Anita White
Julie Gambol
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Richard Forst has grown old. One night, he leaves his wife for Jeannie Rapp, a young woman who does not like friendship. Meanwhile, Richard's wife, Maria, is seduced by Chet, a kind young man from Detroit... A film about the meaningless of life for a certain kind of wealthy middle-aged people. Written by Yepok

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$275,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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John Cassavetes performed a number of roles on this film. Cassavetes was writer, director and both an uncredited editor and uncredited producer. See more »

Quotes

Richard Forst: You get laid once and everything is solved! Get all the soldiers in Vietnam laid and the whole Middle East problem is solved!
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Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

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Love Has Conquered Man
Music and Lyrics by Julie Gambol and Jack Ackerman
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Intimate, exposed performances that break down the fourth wall
22 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is one of the supreme masterworks of all of American cinema. It is absolutely essential. Yes, it is "difficult." Yes, it is "slow." But those standards are for enterainment. Cassavetes wants to take us out of our ordinary ways of viewing. He wants to deny us the escapism of "entertainment." That's the point. If you have trouble with this film--good! If you find it infuriating--good! If you find it not entertaining--good! It wants to get under your skin. It wants to shake you up.

It is a deep exploration of manhood in America, of the power games that men play with women, and of the other kinds of games women victimize themselves with. Deeper than Citizen Kane, more abrasive than Magnolia or American Beauty, Faces turns the camera on the ordinary, everyday ways men and women treat each other. It wants to get under your skin, and if you allow it to, without giving up or shutting your mind to it, it will profoundly enlighten you.

I also want to highly recommend a stunning book about Cassavetes that makes a nice companion piece to a viewing of the film. Ray Carney's Cassavetes on Cassavetes book (or his web site devoted to Cassavetes) has almost 100 pages about the making of this film. Both throw more light on how Cassavetes got the amazingly intimate and exposed performances he did.

But trust me, this film can change your life. It is one of the greatest works of art in all of film. And the resistance it meets with is proof of it


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