The Face and the Mirror


Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener


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This video essay, drawn from chapter 3 (‘Cinema as Mirror: The Face and Close-Up”) of Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener’s ‘Film Theory: an Introduction Through the Sense’ (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2015), investigates elements of film theory that highlight the close-up and the face in the films of Ingmar Bergman. Premissed as the book is on the assumption that great films ‘think’ their own conditions of possibility, the video essay gives a meta-cinematic dimension to a filmmaker’s apparently personal themes and private obsessions.