Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.
I think there is nothing more interesting or beautiful than the human face. That’s why I love close-ups so much.
The choice of lens is crucial. There’s a chemistry between each actor and a certain lens. That’s a reason for shooting makeup and costume tests with the principal actors before you start the actual production. One of the things we’re doing is studying the chemistry between the angle of the lens and the planarity of the actor’s face
All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up
Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard