John Cassavetes / US, 1968 / 130 min.
The very opposite of slick Hollywood aesthetics in every respect: John Cassavetes explored the actor’s true face in front of his camera. In Faces he exposed marriage as a prison and examined the ‘American way of life’. Cassavetes’ independently produced film perfectly reflected the radical do-it-yourself movement of ’68. Gena Rowlands delivers an emotional and overwhelming performance as the betrayed wife.
Fifty years ago, students, factory workers and filmmakers challenged the Establishment, from Paris to Mexico City, carrying not only bricks but also agile and light 16mm cameras.