FACES (1968)

"The suburbs: signs of lifes, but no proofs..."

-Mason Cooley

THIS MAY- We're taking a cinematic journey to the spaces in between. Join us as we look beyond the freshly mowed lawns and white picket fences for a deeper study of life in the glossy hinterlands. The Paradise Presents: SOMEWHERE IN SUBURBIA- eight stories that prove the signs of life in static settings.

On May 29th, join us for a sobering study of marriage and domesticity in a suburban landscape- courtesy of one of the great auteurs in suburban discontent. The Paradise Presents: John Cassavetes' 1968 masterwork FACES.

After a quick spell in the early Sixties as a studio director on TOO LATE BLUES and A CHILD IS WAITING, John Cassavetes spent four years planning FACES: a trip to the emotional badlands marking both a return to his indie roots and the casting of key repertory players he’d work with many times after. John Marley and Lynn Carlin play a May-December couple who realize their marriage is dissolving, and who both seek unhealthy trysts: Marley parties with stunning call girl Gena Rowlands, while Carlin brings home libidinous young hippie Seymour Cassel. The stunted atmosphere of tense sexuality, wild outbursts and off-the-cuff turns of phrase, all seen through the filter of purposefully gritty 16mm B&W, results in one of Cassavetes’ most moving efforts — one that many are still shocked to learn is entirely scripted rather than improvised. Amongst this powerful ensemble, Carlin gives the greatest performance of all. Cassavetes elicits from Carlin a mesmerizing portrayal of a neglected wife as brave and honest as you’ll ever experience.

(Courtesy of American Genre Film Archive)

Monday May 29th, 6 PM/5:30 PM Doors

Door tickets are available for purchase on the day of screening. Refunds can be requested up to 12 hours before the screening. All refunds must be requested and processed through eventbrite.

Directed by:
John Cassavetes
John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel
United States of America (the)
130 mins

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