My guiding light and terrifically entertaining research material for this project is Seductive Cinema: The Art of Silent Film by James Card. Vastly informative and written with heart, I recommend this book to those who have even a passing interest in Film and Cinema marginalia. His insights are informative and at times -- daring!
"I will even go so far as to suggest that there has never been a great film without close-ups. In fact, a great film was never made until close-ups came into general use. ...In the close-up the motion picture is in its own world." -James Card, Seductive Cinema
Seen here, Gloria Swanson exuding her emotive charm.
Strong words from the heart. And who can blame him? The close-up is quite magical and profound, bringing an intimacy to that special relationship between our heroes and ourselves.