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  • By jrsl76
    June 04, 2012
    04:35 PM

    Really, no Louise Brooks and her iconic veil lift in "Pandora's Box"?
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  • By Wesley
    June 04, 2012
    05:36 PM

    This also sounds similar to that scene where Anna Karina looks into the camera in Vivre sa vie.
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  • By Natia
    June 04, 2012
    05:52 PM

    I would add Nicole Kidman indelible close-up from "Birth" to this list
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  • By NAME
    June 04, 2012
    07:48 PM

    No "Nights of Cabiria"? That ending look alone is one of my favorite movie images ever.
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    • By Bryan C. Buckley
      June 05, 2012
      07:07 PM

      I second this comment. And it's not in the collection (yet, wink wink) but I've got to add Chaplin's Tramp at the end of "City Lights"...my favorite ending, ever. Gets me every time.
    • By BlakeEvans
      June 07, 2012
      02:24 AM

      I just saw that film for the first time today - that ending is truly unforgettable. Fellini's best in his "neo-realist" period.
    • By Phil T
      June 12, 2012
      08:06 PM

      Completely agree. If I could choose to have created a single artistic statement in my life, it would be the final moments of Nights of Cabiria. And, interestingly, whomever also mentioned City Lights...I second that addition as well. These two comprise my personal favorite endings in all of cinema.
    • By Ingmar53
      June 12, 2012
      08:49 PM

      Absolutely... Giulietta Masina's glance into the camera at the end of "Nights of Cabiria" is the perfect ending of my favorite Fellini film.
  • By yorgolee
    June 04, 2012
    08:12 PM

    Lovely procession of images. I've mentally added Monica Vitti from just about any of her Antonioni roles.
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  • By Jonathan Rimorin
    June 05, 2012
    12:12 PM

    My favourite close-up: when Deneuve looks into the camera and says "Je vous en prie" in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."
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  • By Sean Neal
    June 05, 2012
    12:21 PM

    Marlene Dietrich in Agent X27.
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  • By BF
    June 12, 2012
    03:40 PM

    Maggie Gyllenhgaall's confident self-assertion at the end of "Secretary": "judge me if you dare," she seems to say.
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    • By thevoid99
      June 12, 2012
      05:34 PM

      Oh... that is a great close-up. When is "Secretary" coming out for Criterion? It needs a Criterion release. It's among my all-time favorite films.
  • By Joe Oostvogels
    June 12, 2012
    04:06 PM

    No shortage in gorgeous women here but nothing can beat the emotion triggered by Giuletta Masina in the ending of "Notti di Cabiria". Although Liza Minelli in "Cabaret" was also unforgettable!
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  • By Ingmar53
    June 12, 2012
    08:55 PM

    And what about Liv Ullmann's unblinking stare into the camera as the radio plays at the beginning of "Persona," or her later performance in "Cries and Whispers" as the late Erland Josephson forces her to confront her true self in the mirror? The latter scene is a brilliant melding of the talents of Bergman, Nykvist, Josephson and Ullmann.
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  • By MA
    June 12, 2012
    09:50 PM

    Since the thread has veered from the limits of the collection (and of the general close-up): James Gray has called the moment Kim Novak looks into the camera in Vertigo "the greatest moment in the history of cinema". (He pays an homage of sorts in Two Lovers, where both G Paltrow and V Shaw, at different moments, look into the camera.) He does say he considers Nights of Cabiria a close contender!
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  • By Mark Goodall
    June 13, 2012
    10:39 AM

    No close-ups of men?
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  • By Spanglish In Lesbilandia
    June 13, 2012
    06:37 PM

    What about Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box???
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  • By Larry
    June 13, 2012
    09:09 PM

    Marlene Dietrich in Touch of Evil
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  • By FG
    August 02, 2012
    08:26 AM

    My favourite close-ups are from Vivre Sa Vie and Blue.
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  • By HUSKY
    August 14, 2012
    09:08 PM

    Beautiful.
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  • By Nicole
    October 31, 2012
    01:42 PM

    I was expecting Elisabeth Vogler's close-up in Persona. The one where she was watching the sun set.
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  • By Jeff Stills
    October 31, 2012
    02:18 PM

    Persona is not in the Criterion Collection, alas.
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  • By M_Mayer
    December 10, 2012
    07:37 PM

    and...there's 300+ women who should also be on this list
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