If you look over the filmography of John Cassavetes, you'll see the re-occuring motif of extreme close-ups on actors' faces. He uses this to highlight passion, violence, revelations, distress and moments of transcendence. It's as if in these moments Cassavetes characters are so overcome with the intensity of experience that formally there is nothing Cassavetes' camera can do but try to get closer, sometimes achingly so as if to touch them.
Edited By Colin Earner
Minnie and Moskowitz
A Woman Under the Influence
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Music by Bo Harwood