Face Image in the Cinema : Based on the Early Silent Film Period

영화 속 얼굴 이미지 : 초기 무성영화시기를 중심으로

  • 황지은 (중앙대학교 첨단영상대학원 영상학과)
  • Received : 2016.07.26
  • Accepted : 2016.09.22
  • Published : 2016.11.28


Discussion of facial image of the movie starts is recognized as an art movie that started from silent film period. Critical discussions on the facial image initiated with the emergence of 'close-up' are performed in the context to claim the superiority of close-up format. Therefore, the trend of critical discussion on the facial image differs from two perspectives to perceive close-up in this era. The first perspective is to privilege both face and close-up since close-up is recognized as the unique tool to realize the face considering close-up as the independent body to have new aesthetic feasibility of the movie. The second perspective is to consider close-up as one of the plots in the movie language to complete its narration. In this case, it is perceived as just a short, which has no differentiation from the others, as long as the facial image does not interfere the completeness of the narration, because the characteristics of close-up to highlight the subject more than the other short is not recognized as the unique form to complete the movie, and because it has the meaning only when the subject and the format aim to maintain the completeness of the narration.


Silent Movie;Close-up;Face;Image;Bela Balazs;Montage


Supported by : 중앙대학교


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