Happiness is sparse in Faces, a cinéma-vérité portrayal of the life of an aging business executive. Expect to feel empathy for Richard Forst, whose distinguished professional career is overshadowed by a palpable social malaise most evident by his crumbling marriage. The gritty 1968 film is considered one of John Cassavetes’ finest works: The director is unafraid to convey the emotional angst of his characters in a manner that makes their lives feel uncomfortably close to our own. Abrupt camera shots and clever dialogue permeate this film that took several years to produce. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Cassavetes masterfully demonstrates his ability to bridge his own unique style with the mainstream desires of Hollywood.

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