Summer With Monika

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EJacob

Monika's extreme close-up: As the lighting changes, her eyes go black as pitch. Her soul is gone, or at least temporarily lost.
Even at this early age, there was no denying that Harriet Andersson was a force to be reckoned with.

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Zoe

I love how daring this was for the 50s. I interpret Monika's staring-contest-with-the-camera moment as an act of rebellion, against the times and against filmmaking conventions up to that point. Don't mess with Monika!

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