Film Retrospective 2018–19: Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

Faces by John Cassavetes (US, 1968, 130 min.)

With Sam Flancher, Chicago International Film Festival 

Faces is the story of a middle-aged businessman, Richard "Dickie" Forst (John Marley), whose marriage to Maria (Lynn Carlin) has gone sour – but the experience of watching Faces has virtually nothing to do with the schematic plot description above.

Besides the fact that he was an American-born actor, John Cassavetes could easily have fit in with the Nouvelle Vague set of young directors. Faces is the anti-Hollywood film par excellence, breaking down established conventions, and heralding the birth of independent cinema in the U.S. With no budget and a crew comprised of friends who worked double-duty as actors, grips, cameramen, and set painters, Cassavetes shot the movie at his own house over a period of six months in 1965. He deliberately made his film, shot in grainy 16mm, look lousy, but drew incredible performances from his actors, including his wife, Gena Rowlands, in a free-flowing script bursting with life.

What Cassavetes has done is astonishing. He has made a film that tenderly, honestly and uncompromisingly examines the way we really live. — Roger Ebert 

Please note: Wine service at 6:00 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Film Retrospective 2018-2019

Nouvelle Vague, Revisited

Vintage cars and jazz music; love stories in black and white; reckless youth, smoke and style, so much style…Our new film series is all about the French New Wave with the films you know and love shown on Saturday afternoons, and weeknight screenings dedicated to the New Wave’s influence around the world and across generations—in the presence of our guest speakers.

Are you ready to be swept away? Here comes La Nouvelle Vague again!

Series curated by Aimée Laberge, and co-curated by Bailey Holtz and Randy Williams