In 1968 John Cassavetes directed the film Faces featuring Gena Rowlands in the leading role. Faces has become a cult film, frequently chosen from among the best feature films in film history, and has influenced filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, and Michael Hanneke, and in the ’90s the ‘Dogme’ movement led by the Danish director Lars von Trier. This film of ‘cinematic excess’ follows the concepts of the so-called cinema-verité, invented by Jean Rouch and influenced by Dziga Vertov and Robert Flaherty. This ‘cinema of truth’ is an example of the epitome of contradictions because it postulates both the intervention of the director -as a creator- as well as the film’s documentary nature, always with the goal of seeking authenticity. This confrontational, improvised, and interventionist character of the cameraman and the filmmaker on the actor has resulted in films as provocative, daring, and transgressive as The Idiots, The Celebration and The White Ribbon.