When avid face reader Harold Savitt comes on to fashionista Trish Donlon about her perfect nose, he gets the cold shoulder, not suspecting his drunken prattle about the science of beauty had intrigued Trish and would soon lead to their partnering on a face-reading phone app for the dating crowd—designed, as they put it, “to help lonely hearts find the love of their lives.”

But, although Harold and Trish intend the face-reading app for matchmaking, its capability for espionage attracts the CIA, enemy Chinese Intelligence and Chinatown gangsters; besides, the app’s brilliant Chinese programmer may be a double agent.

In the climax, staged in a gigantic movie studio, Harold’s quest for glory and the girl hinges on a showdown demonstration of the app that reveals good guys and bad—as all battle for the coveted faces technology, including a potential game-changing weapon of propaganda warfare: hypnotic cinematography.

Philip Wolfson, author of Faces Tell All

invites you to join his website’s World of Ideas: comment on faces technology, cosmetology, fashion and beauty, consumer research, social psychology, artificial intelligence, mass media, books, cinema, art, celebrity worship, matchmaking, headhunting, geopolitics, multiculturalism and national security issues like espionage and propaganda warfare—as man employs machines to analyze and glorify his own image, for good or ill.


The groundbreaking techno thriller, Faces Tell All, imagines a plausible face reading app that reveals our underlying health and fitness—physical, mental and emotional. Developed originally for matchmakers and headhunters, the app becomes a vital prize sought by intelligence services of US and China; also, Faces Tell All introduces existing hypnotic cinematography with potential to brain wash the masses.


Multi-faceted background: Philip Wolfson studied Chinese history, politics, spy craft, language and culture at Columbia University in the 1960’s, passing the Foreign Service Examination of the United States Information Agency—all of which fueled his ongoing interest in international relations, especially propaganda and cultural warfare.

As a Creative Supervisor in advertising, he employed the power of facial imagery to communicate and persuade, drawing from historic galleries of the human form, ancient texts of physiognomy and the modern science of photography.

A forty-year career in cosmetic dentistry refined his knowledge and appreciation of what faces convey; about universal preferences for faces and features that are symmetrical and proportional; and how our present appearance can predict our future.

Now, Philip Wolfson’s observations (and yours) provide a new opportunity to explore our preoccupation with faces; how they reflect our health and fitness, our intentions and attitudes; how we size-up each other in social interactions; how faces underlie narcissism, racism and celebrity worship; how they feed our fantasies, hopes and fears—invading our dreams and nightmares.

Multiculturalism—especially East Asian—is fully displayed in Faces Tell All as many different characters and faces of the human family interact and sometimes conflict in interesting and exotic locales: an African-themed bar featuring authentic sights and sounds of the Serengeti; a Chinatown New Years parade featuring fierce Dragon dancers and Kung Fu Martial Artists; a life-like robot lab in Dallas; a history-rewriting cinema studio in Hollywood; hypnotic masks from the tombs of the Pharoahs.