Selective Viewing

An exploration of film, video and other media by Kate Blair

Tag: Greta Garbo

Revisiting a classic: Grand Hotel

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Revisiting a classic: Grand Hotel 

Some notes on the face in cinema

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Greta Garbo: auteur of the face

The draw of the face

Watching a movie brings, among other things, the distinctive joy of looking at faces that are building-height. Watching an face extended in time, particularly an enormous one, is eternally riveting, no matter what it’s doing. The camera allows us to become attached to the sensibility of certain faces, those which help us in some way uncover the mystery of the visage and what makes it so fascinating in life and on camera. 

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