By Christopher Null
Widely considered the first "mainstream" independent film, Faces earned three Oscar nominations and wide acclaim for a cast acting itse way through two hours of intense arguments and situations regarding infidelity and the meaninglessness of life. From John Cassavetes, who treads on these subject continually, comes this rambling and ultimately uninspired film, intentionally made to look cheap and lacking in much resolution. Seymour Cassel turns in the most interesting performance, achieved largely through screaming at the top of his lungs. Check out Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or even A Streetcar Named Desire for better renditions of some of these ideas.
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Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Saturday 1st June 1968
Distributed by: Criterion Collection
Production compaines: Maurice McEndree Productions, Walter Reade Organization Inc., Faces International Films
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 16 Rotten: 2
Cast & Crew
Starring: Gena Rowlands as Jeannie Rapp, John Marley as Richard Forst, Lynn Carlin as Maria Forst, Seymour Cassel as Chet, Fred Draper as Freddie Draper, Val Avery as Jim McCarthy, Dorothy Gulliver as Florence, Joanne Moore Jordan as Louise Draper, Darlene Conley as Billy Mae, Gene Darfler as Joe Jackson, Elizabeth Deering as Stella