Faces (1968)

“You know, these dances, these wild crazy dances–I think they’ve succeeded where science failed. ‘Cause you know, I can go to a beauty parlor and sit there for hours having my hair done and my nails polished, but I don’t feel any younger. I might look it. These dances, these wild crazy dances–they do something to me inside. ” – Florence

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A married couple must deal with the fact that their relationship has run out of steam and both seek love in the arms of younger lovers.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I knew absolutely nothing about before seeing and decided to see it based solely on the fact that one of the stars was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The premise itself is quite intriguing yet it isn’t presented well enough which hurts things quite a bit.

None of the characters are sympathetic at all and they all feel too superficial which makes it so hard to really care about any of them or what happens to them along the arc of the story.

When this came out, it was probably quite groundbreaking by they way it depicts the breakdown of a marriage, but after over 50 years, it just doesn’t feel that impactful as it probably was meant to be.

The cats is quite good even though none of the characters feel presented well enough to care about.

Both Seymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin were nominated for Oscars for their supporting performances here, but neither was able to win.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just isn’t presented well enough. The characters are not sympathetic at all and in some ways feel way too superficial which makes it so hard to care about what will happen to any of them. Yes, this film was probably quite groundbreaking when it came out, but now, it just doesn’t work at all. Cast is quite good and they give somewhat realistic performances, but its too difficult to care about any of them by the way they are presented. Cassel and Carlin were both nominated for Oscar for their supporting roles, but neither was able to win.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While filming a part on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963), John Cassavetes saw Steven Spielberg lurking around the set, as he was then in the habit of doing. Cassavetes approached Spielberg and asked what he wanted to be. When Spielberg replied he wanted to be a director, Cassavetes allowed the young man to direct him for the day. He later invited Spielberg to work on this film with Spielberg serving as an uncredited production assistant on Faces (1968) for two weeks. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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