John Marley
Director: John Cassavetes Cast: John Marley
John Marley
, Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
, Lynn Carlin
Lynn Carlin
John Cassavetes

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John Cassavetes has been directing films for close to ten years when Faces was released in 1968, but it was the picture that established him as one of America's most original and distinctive talents behind the camera long after he'd earned a reputation as a quirky but charismatic actor. The Criterion Collection have given Faces a new release on DVD, and the disc walks the fine line between accurately capturing the movie's rough, naturalistic look (it was shot on 16mm and lit to give the cast maximum freedom of movement) and cleaning up a film that had suffered at the hands of time and rough treatment. Transferred to disc in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, Faces often looks grainy and the contrast shifts dramatically from scene to scene, but the film's unvarnished look is purposeful, and the transfer that appears on disc one of this set reflects the vision of Cassavetes and director of photography Al Ruban, and unlike some earlier video releases this shows us the grit that is supposed to be there without the grit that isn't, and it does make a difference. Disc two is devoted to supplementary materials, most notably an alternate version of the opening of the film (running seventeen minutes), which presents the footage in a notably different sequence (it was replaced after the film had screened at the Toronto Film Festival). Also featured is an episode of the French television series Cineastes de Notre Temps devoted to Cassavetes which includes two interviews with the filmmaker -- one shot in California in 1965 while Faces was in production, and other shot in a French television studio in 1968 after it had been released. The interviews are often funny and revealing, though the quality of the archival print is fair at best. And two original documentaries round out the disc -- Making Faces, featuring interviews with actors Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin and camerman/editor Al Ruban as they discuss the long process of making the film, and Lighting and Shooting The Film, in which Ruban breaks down the different film stocks, lenses and lighting techniques used to give different scenes in Faces their individual looks. And finally, the booklet includes a short but appreciative essay by Stuart Klawans. Faces has never been a beautiful film to look at, but it's a powerful and moving study of the human heart, and Criterion have helped give the movie a new life on home video; this DVD is it's best presentation yet for film collectors.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
UPC: 0037429198827
Original Release: 1968
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 38,989

Special Features

Seventeen-minute alternate opening sequence from an early edit of the film; Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps from 1968, dedicated to Cassavetes, featuring rare interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; Making "Faces," a 2004 documentary including interviews with actors Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography AL Ruban; Lighting & Shooting the film, a short documentary from 2004 in which Ruban explains how he and the crew achieved the distinct look of Faces; A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stuart Klawans

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Marley Richard Forst
Gena Rowlands Jeannie Rapp
Lynn Carlin Maria Forst
Seymour Cassel Chet
Frederick Draper Freddie
Val Avery McCarthy
Dorothy Gulliver Florence
Joanne Jordan Louise
Darlene Conley Billy Mae
Gene Darfler Jackson
Elizabeth Deering Stella
John Hale Actor
Midge Ware Actor
Laurie Mock Actor
Christina Crawford Actor
James Bridges Extra
David Rowlands Actor
O.G. Dunn Comedian
George Sims Bartender
John Neilson Actor

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Jack Ackerman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Maurice McEndree Editor,Producer
Phedon Papamichael Art Director
Don Pike Sound/Sound Designer
Al Ruban Associate Producer,Cinematographer,Editor
Charlie Smalls Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Faces
1. Morning Meeting [:15]
2. Loser's Club / Jeannie's House [3:13]
3. "Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair" [12:15]
4. Home For Dinner [6:17]
5. Not All That Funny [10:58]
6. Unexpected Request [2:24]
7. Love Conquers Man [3:23]
8. Kid With Sneakers [3:16]
9. Dickie's Return [9:00]
10. Chairman of the Board [5:37]
11. "You Get to Me" [6:54]
12. At the Whisky [2:46]
13. Chet and the Ladies [5:58]
14. "Fools of Ourselves" [4:54]
15. Alone With Chet [7:13]
16. Lousy Eggs [15:06]
17. Tears of Happiness [3:56]
18. Ready [5:16]
19. Color Bars [2:03]

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