April 30, 2017
Having characters break the fourth wall is a rare occurrence for most directors, but for Jonathan Demme, it was kind of his thing.
When Jonathan Demme passed away less than a week ago, he left behind a lasting legacy of brilliant films. From Silence of the Lambs to Rachel Getting Married, the director managed to access the inner turmoil of his characters by visually representing them in powerful and striking ways, and one of his most notable tools for this was the close up, more specifically, the close up in which characters would look into the camera.
In this short tribute to the late Academy Award-winning director, Nelson Carvajal highlights Demme’s affinity for breaking the fourth wall, allowing characters to peer right into the audience’s eyes and forcing the audience to peer right into theirs.