Elsaesser, Hagener, “Cinema as Mirror: Face and Close-up.”
Jean Epstein: “On Magnification,” “On Certain Characteristics of Photogenie”
Béla Balázs, “The Close-up”
Respond to the questions for the texts of the week:
What are the authors’ main arguments?
How do the texts dialogue with one another?
What do Balázs’s and Epstein’s text tell us about early film experience? Use quotes from the texts, focusing on two concepts.
How did the readings change your own view of film?
Your comment on the author’s argument about something that stood out to you, or that you’d like more explanation on.