Monday, October 22, 2007

Wes Anderson & Sofia Coppola consistency and some favorite close-ups

The following series of images are a gallery of close-ups for Matt Zoller Seitz's "Close-Up Blog-a-thon." (Note: some of these are not close-ups in the strictest sense, but are shots that draw the viewer's focus to one point, often that of a face or an object.)


In all five of Wes Anderson's features (and his short film Hotel Chevalier), he frequently cuts to extreme close-up insert shots of objects or text. Below are examples from his films of such instances where the details are made big. Since The Darjeeling Limited is not yet on DVD, and the trailer has none of them, it's excluded. It's now on dvd and I've added some examples from that film.

Bottle Rocket (Short-1994)

Bottle Rocket (Feature - 1996)

Rushmore (1998)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

A twelve-person medium shot!

Hotel Chevalier (2007)

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Sofia Coppola's three features have all been about lonely women, and they all share one shot: a girl coming home from a party of some sort is seen inside a car from outside the car, looking out as the reflection on the window passes her by.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antoinette (2006)

and some of my other favorite close-ups (that were readily available.)

Birth (2004)

Breaking Away (1979)

Closer (2004)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

In the Mood for Love (2002)


  1. Goddang it, Sofia makes some beautiful pictures. So pretty...

  2. that's a great close-up from Birth!