Up-Close, Far Away

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Reflecting on cinema’s love of the close-up, in 1924 the Hungarian film critic and poet Béla Balázs observed:  ‘In close-ups every wrinkle becomes a crucial element of character and every twitch of a muscle testifies to a pathos that signals great inner events.’  When we think of close-ups of the human face, cinema is often the medium that comes to mind. On film, enlarged faces take audiences into a different reality, transporting us to the ‘inner events’ of another person’s emotions and...

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