Quotation by Italo Calvino

The close-up has no equivalent in a narrative fashioned of words. Literature is totally lacking in any working method to enable it to isolate a single vastly enlarged detail in which one face comes forward to underline a state of mind or stress the importance of a single detail in comparison with the rest. As a narrative device, the ability to vary the distance between the camera and the object may be a small thing indeed, but it makes for a notable difference between cinema and oral or written narrative, in which the distance between language and image is always the same.
Italo Calvino (1923–1985), Italian author, critic. "Cinema and the Novel: Problems of Narrative," The Uses of Literature, trans. Patrick Creagh, Harcourt Brace (1986).
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