John Cassavetes’s Faces (1968) is one of the films that most inspired Martin Scorsese’s work. Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes’s wife, plays the leading role in this film about a deteriorating middle-class American marriage. In this film, Cassavetes expresses critique on the American way of life; alluding to the lifestyle as empty and fake. The film’s rough design juxtaposes the perfected and polished life the leading character envisioned for herself. The no-budget movie was produced and edited in Cassavetes’s garage by the director himself, without funds to pay his actors. The end result was a massive success – eventually finding its way to the eyes and ears of Scorsese, influencing him for many years to come.