Why the Safdie Brothers film in Close Up

In this video essay and analysis, The Film Essay explains why the safdie brothers love to film in close up, referencing the french film theory writer and philosopher Jean Epstein, and his 1935 concept of photogenie. Through commentary on Heaven Knows What, Good Time, and Uncut Gems, they aim to provide a comprehensive study of the filmography of Josh and Benny Safdie, and highlight by they use close-up to benefit their intense, stylistic films that serve as character studies.

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