Faces (The Criterion Collection)
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SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Seventeen-minute alternate opening sequence, from an early edit of the film
Cinéastes de notre temps (1968), a 48-minute episode from the French television series dedicated to Cassavates, featuring rare interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Making Faces, a 2004 documentary including interviews with actors Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, and director of photography Al Ruban
Lighting and Shooting the Film, a short documentary from 2004 in which Ruban explains how he and the crew achieved the distinct look of Faces
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans
Top Customer Reviews
"Faces" is a John Cassavetes film. It is also categorically one of the two or three greatest masterpieces of American cinema. (This is neither just a personal opinion, nor an exaggeration. This film is essential.) What makes this film so special will be lost on many domestic viewers, unfortunately, who simply aren't prepared for the experience. Nearly everything about the film is subversive of conventional Hollywood filmmaking techniques, and this is frustrating for people who aren't ready for it. For example, the film never "tells" you anything about the characters: you have to patiently observe them throughout the film, just as if they were real other people in the room. Furthermore, in typical Cassavetes' style, the characters' behavior is extreme, which can be unsettling. Finally, the film is pretty grim. However, if you're ready for a new experience, and can approach the viewing experience with an open and tolerant mind, this film will BLOW YOU AWAY.
The DVD is nothing special; I'm just grateful to have the film. The transfer isn't particularly sharp, and was made off an inglorious print. Framing -- full frame -- seems fine; if I remember correctly, the original (16mm) is not widescreen, so nothing should be lost. (The odd cropping that appears throughout the film is intentional.) Highest recommendation.
Shot in Cassavetes' trademark documentary style filmmaking, the no BS approach to filming makes Faces even more realistic to watch. It is shot in high contrast black and white, and it look as low budget and unpolished as any other very low budget film. Don't be too surprised though, Faces is no banal third rate student film work. Cassavetes Oscar-nominated script effortlessly delves into the lives of these empty people and what makes them act the way they are. It is not a sloppy film either, as Cassavetes's camera work is actually quite inventive, and feels done right without making a big hoopla over how it is being used.Read more ›
People like me who have watched other Cassavettes films know that they cannot expect an agreable entertainment. The direction is impecable, the acting outstanding but the story is so claustrophobic and tough that it 's difficult to digest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Something grating annoying & desperate to come across as reality but failing miserably- u might appreciate this- I DONT! Read morePublished 19 months ago by One KING
Fun film. Had the opportunity of seeing this in a Contemporary Cinema course in College. Well worth owning for any avid film collector.Published 21 months ago by Marshall Dann
Im a huge fan of the young seymour cassel. Hes made a few with gena rowlands. All good.Published 22 months ago by susan phelan
This is the most remarkable American independent film ever made. It will change your life. It will alter the way you look at everything. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Zachary Bednar
I loved John Cassevettes film Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown so I wanted to see more of his films. The story line of this movies was not as compelling. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by L. Freed
What? Could not get past the first 15 minutes. The laughter and silliness was to much to continue watching. SadPublished on November 17, 2013 by tazzi
A great film to watch for a course in the techniques of acting and directing. Not a film to be watched for satisfaction of cravings of mindless entertainment.Published on October 14, 2013 by Christopher D. Hull