Close-ups. Don’t we just love them? They can exude different feelings: happiness, despondence, fear, etc. Here are some of my favorite (and might be the best) close-ups.
L’IMPORTANT C’EST D’AIMER (1975)
Romy Schneider as Nadine Chevalier
Directed by: Andrzej Zulawski
The close-up of Romy Schneider’s face along with Georges Delerue’s haunting music is one of the most hypnotizing
moments I’ve seen onscreen. Romy breaking the fourth wall makes this scene more sincere and heartbreaking. She’s not just acting, she’s also talking to the audience. Romy’s passionate performance, Delerue’s brilliant score, and Andrzej Zulawski’s delicate direction make such an iconic scene. Wonderful.
VIVRE SA VIE (1962)
Anna Karina as Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
One word: Dramatic.
Janet Leigh as Marion Crane
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
No explanation needed.
Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
Directed by: Hitchcock
THE SHINING (1980)
Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
THE GODFATHER II (1974)
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
That cold look on Michael Corleone’s (Pacino) face along with Nino Rota’s haunting music is unforgettable.
Jean Seberg as Patricia Franchini
Directed by: Godard
THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
Anthony Hopkins as Frederick Treves
Directed by: David Lynch
This is the first time Frederick Treves (Hopkins) saw John Merrick a.k.a. The Elephant Man (John Hurt). Splendid and touching!
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1960)
Natalie Wood as Deanie Loomis
Directed by: Elia Kazan
“Don’t you dare! Don’t you dare, mom! Don’t you dare…don’t you dare…!” Depression can make you look like this.
EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)
Nicole Kidman as Alice Harford
Directed by: Kubrick
Ah! That wicked smile.
BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker
Directed by: Arthur Penn
This is a brief shot in the ambush scene. Bonnie (Dunaway) looked at her beloved Clyde (Warren Beatty) when they realized that they are about to be machine-gunned by the police.
Dunaway’s face says a lot. She’s like saying:
“Oh no, we blew it, honey.“
“What now, my love?“
“I’ll always have you.“
Or she could be saying (as suggested by an acquaintance):
“This is it, Clyde!“
CASINO ROYALE (2006)
Daniel Craig as James Bond
Directed by: Martin Campbell
With that look, Craig gives 007 a new attitude.
Catherine Deneuve as Carol Ledoux
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Kinda borrowed from Hitchcock’s Psycho (shower scene).
THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
William Holden as Pike Bishop
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
While robbing a bank, Pike Bishop (Holden) commands his bunch by saying: “If they move, *kill ’em*!” Holden said it with conviction. That is one of the most famous lines from the movie. Holden’s face looks so tough.
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999)
Kirsten Dunst as Lux Lisbon
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
This is what you call “love at first sight.” Trip (Josh Hartnett) and Lux (Dunst) fell in love the moment they saw each other for the first time. Cute! ☺
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