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Watching Casablanca, and I've realized something. Close-ups of Bogart appear to have high contrast, sharp features. And close-ups of Bergman are softer, lower contrast, almost fuzzy.

This is certainly not the only film I've seen it in. Most black and white films have this disparity. I want to say I've seen it in color films too, but none come to mind.

My question, is this achieved solely through make-up, or are filters used on the camera?

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    vaseline on lens? Apr 28 '20 at 13:50
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    Flatter lighting too. Light the guys from one side, light the girls from both, & they really did used to soft-focus a lot on the girls. vaseline, mesh with a hole… There are entire studies of this on many photography sites. I can't hope to cover it in 3 paragraphs on here.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 28 '20 at 14:05
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    "The soft focus effect is used as an effect for glamour photography, because the effect eliminates blemishes, and in general produces a dream-like image."
    – Paulie_D
    Apr 28 '20 at 14:16
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    At some point we need to get this answering business rolling, though.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Apr 28 '20 at 16:31

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