Well Before 'The Wife,' Glenn Close Was Ready For Her Close-Up

The movie The Wife opens with a phone call.

A husband and wife rush out of bed to pick up the phone in different rooms. The husband is euphoric: He’s just been informed that he’s won the Nobel Prize in literature. His wife’s face — Glenn Close’s face — reveals something very different. [Note: Spoilers follow.]

For decades, she’s been doing more than proofreading her husband’s books: She’s been writing them herself. And that lifelong buried secret is conveyed in a stark close-up shot.

“Film is the only art form that has the close-up,” Close said during a recent public interview held at KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif. “And the close-up, when you think about it, is the human face showing emotion. And I’ve learned over the years that the close-up, well done, is what keeps the audience emotionally involved.”

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Original published: 2019-02-12 17:29:59 Read the full New York City News here


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