Like SHADOWS before it, FACES was hailed at the time as a great accomplishment of American independent cinema. John Cassavetes, his friends, and family took several years to shoot and edit the film on very grainy 16mm black-and-white stock. As would become usual for Cassavetes, it's about
marriages and the war between men and women. He would do better in the 1970s with films like HUSBANDS, made with a little more money, but FACES remains a landmark cultural document of the late 60s.
FACES is a rudimentary study of a husband and wife, disenchanted after 14 years of marriage, who drift apart. Richard Forst (Marley), the husband, spends an evening with a prostitute...