5.0 out of 5 stars
New Forms of Experience, Mar 7 2002
I am the author of Cassavetes on Cassavetes... and of the pack-in essay that is included in this DVD, and I want to agree with Martin Doudoroff's review that is somewhere below mine. This film is one of the supreme masterworks of all of American cinema. It is absolutely essential. Yes, it is "difficult." Yes, it is "slow." But those standards are for enterainment. Cassavetes wants to take us out of our ordinary ways of viewing. He wants to deny us the escapism of "entertainment." That's the point. If you have trouble with this film--good! If you find it infuriating--good! If you find it not entertaining--good! It wants to get under your skin. It wants to shake you up.
It is a deep exploration of manhood in America, of the power games that men play with women, and of the other kinds of games women victimize themselves with. Deeper than Citizen Kane, more abrasive than Magnolia or American Beauty, Faces turns the camera on US. It is not about someone else. It does want to annoy you. And if you allow it to, without giving up or shutting your mind to it, it will profoundly enlighten you.
I can't say more in the space available. Maybe the Cassavetes on Cassavetes book or my web site devoted to Cassavetes can throw more light on the subject. But trust me, this film can change your life. It is one of the greatest works of art in all of film. And the resistance it meets with is proof of that.