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Faces | Scorsese Chooses

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John Cassavetes is, despite all his imitators, a unique filmmaker. His movies are so intuitive, so well acted, so life-like. Gena Rowlands (Cassavetes’s wife) is once again unparalleled in her performance in Faces.
Selected by: Basje Boer, Film ambassador

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.

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