Watch: Close-ups in the Films of Martin Scorsese

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Sometimes it’s a moment of revelation, sometimes it’s a metaphorical fuse being lit, sometimes it’s a quick glance, and sometimes it’s a punctuation mark. The “it” in question is director Martin Scorsese’s use of the close-up, which can be any of these things and more, but every time serves as an intimate beat between the director’s more trademark wider-framed and kinetic shots.

From OPS video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz, Scorsese’s close-ups across his varied and storied career have been accumulated into a continuous stream that dynamically reinforces the many ways the director makes the shot work for him. It’s a slight, sneaky beat that acts almost more like a thought in the audience’s collective mind than a moment on film, but that’s how the best directors work: they get in your head.

Martin Scorsese’s Close-Ups from Jorge Luengo Ruiz on Vimeo.

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