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ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier$
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Missy Molloy, Mimi Nielsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.001.0001

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The Truth is in the Eyes: Susanne Bier’s Use of Close-ups in The Night Manager

The Truth is in the Eyes: Susanne Bier’s Use of Close-ups in The Night Manager

Chapter:
(p.187) Chapter 10 The Truth is in the Eyes: Susanne Bier’s Use of Close-ups in The Night Manager
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ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier
Author(s):

Eva Novrup Redvall

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.003.0010

“The Truth Is in the Eyes: Susanne Bier’s Use of Close-ups in The Night Manager” sheds light on aesthetic strategies apparent across Bier’s works. Eva Novrup Redvall points to Bier’s decision to frame and interject eyes as a means of aligning the audience with the visual sensibility of a spy. In her analysis of Bier’s recent and extremely successful foray into serial television drama, Novrup Redvall takes extensive note of Bier’s use of close-ups. Applying theoretical discourses on the close-up and studies of Bier’s stylistic traits in her previous work, she reflects on the “remarkable array” of eyes, as well as Bier’s use of close-ups of objects. She concludes that Bier achieves a high-end mainstream genre production replete with arthouse aesthetics, which forefronts character interiority while highlighting the “complicated tensions” between characters and their circumstances.

Keywords:   Susanne Bier, Television studies, cinematic close-ups, John le Carre

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