Late in Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika (1953), the title character, played with erotic intensity by Harriet Andersson, sits in a smoky café. She rotates her head slightly, and her eyes catch the camera. She peers into it, into us, the viewers, and the camera retorts by moving in closer, until we feel we can practically brush against her pouting lips and inky black pupils. “Monika’s returning our gaze distances us from the fiction,” writes Laura Hubner for Criterion. “It also says, ‘Look at me and judge me if you dare.’” (For Jean-Luc Godard, writing in 1958, it was “the saddest shot in the history of cinema”.)
In honor of this instance of astonishing intimacy’s joining the collection, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of our favorite actresses in close-up.