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3 - 23 April 2022: Faces


John Cassavetes, 1968, 131 min

The disintegration of a marriage is dissected in John Cassavetes's searing Faces. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of captain of industry Richard (John Marley) and his wife, Maria (Lynn Carlin), to escape the anguish of their empty marriage in the arms of others. Featuring astonishingly powerful, nervy performances from Marley, Carlin, and Cassavetes regulars Gena Rowlands and Seymour CasselFaces confronts suburban alienation and the battle of the sexes with a brutal honesty and compassion rarely matched in cinema.

Part of our John Cassavetes season