With one more look at you

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Finale: "With One More Look at You"/"Watch Closely Now" (Williams, Ascher)
A Star Is Born is a 1976 American musical romantic drama film about a young singer (Barbra Streisand) who meets and falls in love with an established rock and roll star (Kris Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline.

The film is a remake of the 1937 original drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which had also been adapted in 1954 as a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. The story was subsequently adapted in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

With one more look at you
I could learn to tame the clouds
And let the sun shine through
Leave a troubled past and I might start anew
I'll solve the mysteries if you're the prize
Refresh these tired eyes
With one more look at you
I might overcome the anger
That I've learned to know
Find a peace of mind I lost so long ago
Your gentle touch has made me strong again
And I belong again
For when you look at me
I'm everything and more that I had dreamed I'd be
My spirit feels a promise
I won't be alone
We'll love and live more
Love and live forever
With one more look at you
I'd learn to change the stars
And change our fortunes too
I'd have the constellations paint your portrait too
So all the world might share this wondrous sight
The world could end each night
With one more look at you
With one more look at you
I want one more look at you
Paroliers : Kenneth Lee Ascher / Paul H. Williams
Paroles de Finale: With One More Look at You / Watch Closely Now © Universal Music Publishing Group

I want one more look at you
Are you watching me now?
Warch closely now
Your eyes ore like fingers
Touching my body
Arousing me so
I'm riding the passion arising inside me
How high can I go?
You're comin' with me: I'm gonna show you how
And when it's scary, I won't look down
Are you watching me now?
Watch closely now
I see the hunger arise in your eyes
And it's urging me on
Higher and harder and it's faster and farther
Than I've ever gone
Your pleasure is part of the secret
Of flight that I found
When I feel like on eagle
My soul has no place on the ground
Born out of madness
I'll double the danger with no net at all
If you don't look away I'm secure
In the fact that you won't let me fall
Watch closely now
Are you watching me now
I'm the master magician
Who'll help you escape
From the lies you've been told
When they're breaking your back
Bring the last straw to me
I turn straw into gold
I break chains made of boredom
That others have lived with for years
I leave good news on doorsteps
And laughs where there used to be tears
I'm gonna need you later
When you're not around
But I can take it
I won't look down
Watch closely now
Are you watching me now
Watch me now
Are you watching me now
Are you watching me now

Produced by Phil Ramone & Barbra Streisand
Album A Star Is Born

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With One More Look at You / Watch Closely Now Barbra Streisand - Kris Kristofferson November 1976 First release
With One More Look at You Jack Jones July 1977
With One More Look at You Torill 1978
With One More Look at You Patty Weaver 1978
With One More Look at You Grace Kennedy 1979
With One More Look at You Florence Henderson 1979
With One More Look at You Marti Caine 1979
With One More Look at You Rebecca Parris 1991
With One More Look at You Deanna Dubbin June 2, 2005
With One More Look at You Madeline Eastman + Randy Porter 2012

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Jen tak se ohlédnout Eva Pilarová - Taneční orchestr Čs. rozhlasu - Josef Vobruba 1981 First release

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Why eye contact is so powerful

  • Christian Jarrett
  • BBC Future

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However, when we look into the eyes of another person, the most complex and unconscious reactions occur in our brain, which go beyond any movie fantasy.

Everyone can remember a moment in life when in a noisy and crowded room you suddenly meet the attentive gaze of another person. The rest of the world sinks into gray tones, as if fading, while you and your counterpart for a moment connected in the mutual understanding that you are looking at him, and he at you.

Of course, eye contact is not always so exciting - after all, we look into the eyes of any person when we talk to him - but almost always very important.

We make an assumption about a person's personality based on how she behaves during a conversation: she looks into her eyes, or vice versa, she looks away.

And when strangers on the street do not look us in the eye, we may get the unpleasant feeling that we are not interested.

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We know all this from our own daily experience. However, psychologists and neuroscientists who have been studying this issue for many years are discovering a lot of interesting things.

Eye contact has extraordinary power: our eyes tell a lot about ourselves, and eye contact with another person changes our impression of him.

For example, eye contact with another person captures our attention so much that for a moment we really stop being aware of what is going on around us.

In addition, when we meet someone's gaze, many cognitive processes immediately start in our brain, as we realize that we are interacting with the mind of another person.

This makes us concentrate on the thought that we are facing another person with his own mind and outlook on things, this realization sometimes makes us uncomfortable.

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Research shows that another person's gaze always grabs our attention

This effect is most noticeable if you happen to meet the eyes of a gorilla or chimpanzee in a zoo. At such a moment, there is always a feeling that they are consciously considering and studying us.

In fact, even when we look into the eyes of a person depicted in a portrait, the areas associated with social interaction are activated in our brain, that is, those that are responsible for thinking about ourselves and others.

The realization that we are becoming an object of another mind is very distracting.

In one Japanese study, participants performed worse on test tasks when they were stared at by another person.

It seems that another study has also shown that meeting the gaze of another person also interferes with our short-term memory, imagination and ability to concentrate on the information that is important at the moment.

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This explains why we unconsciously avert our eyes during a conversation when we try to remember something or focus on what we are talking about.

Eye contact also forms our impression of the other person.

For example, people who look us straight in the eye during communication seem smarter, more conscientious and sincere (at least in Western cultures). What they say also seems more convincing.

On the other hand, too much eye contact makes us feel uncomfortable, and people who stare without looking away look strange to say the least.

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When we make eye contact with another person, the world around us seems to fade. And no one likes a look that lasts more than 9 seconds.

Another interesting eye-catching effect helps explain why this moment looks so attractive. A recent study showed that the person we make eye contact with seems to be more similar to us both externally and internally.

Perhaps in a situation where everyone around you is busy talking, eye contact creates the feeling that you are sharing a special moment with this person.

And that's not all. If eye contact occurs at a close distance, the pupils of people begin to move in unison. Previously, this was explained as a form of social mimicry, that is, the subconscious copying of the gestures and facial expressions of the interlocutor.

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However, researchers now have a less romantic explanation. A change in pupil size is a reaction to a change in the brightness of the interlocutor's eyes (that is, when his pupils increase, the eyes become darker, and the pupils of the other person dilate accordingly).

However, the expansion or contraction of the pupils is still associated with the psychological state of a person. As early as the 1960s, psychologists discovered that pupillary enlargement reflects emotional or physical arousal, particularly sexual interest.

Some studies have shown that eyes with dilated pupils seem more attractive to us. It is also known that our brain automatically notices pupil dilation in another person.

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One way or another, people have long known that dilated pupils make eyes look attractive. At various times, women have even used the herbal extract to intentionally dilate their pupils.

The colloquial name of the plant fully reflects its purpose - it is belladonna (Italian for "beautiful woman").

However, when we carefully look into another person's eyes, we not only notice the size of her pupils, but also "read" complex emotions from the movement of the eye muscles. For example, we narrow our eyes when we feel disgust, and the interlocutor subconsciously understands this expression of the eyes.

Another important part of the eye is the limbal ring - a dark rim around the iris. Recent studies show that in young and healthy people, the limbal ring is more pronounced, and the interlocutor subconsciously notices this.

So, experiments have shown that heterosexual women, while quickly viewing photographs of men, considered sexually more attractive than those of them whose limbal rings were more visible.

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Look into the eyes of a gorilla and you will feel that you are being watched by a sentient being.

All of these studies prove the truth of the old saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. In fact, a deep look into the eyes of another person has great power. After all, our eyes are the only part of the brain that is directly open to the world.

When you look into the eyes of another person, you are as close as possible to his mind or, if you prefer the poetic name, soul. BBC Future

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It's not for nothing that the eyes have long been called the mirror of the soul, and when one soul looks into another, interesting, sometimes very strange things happen.

We often see scenes like this in movies: two people, usually a man and a woman, make eye contact in a crowded room, and something immediately happens between them, like a spark.

As scientists have found out, other people's eyes, on the contrary, provoke unconscious reactions in the brain - interesting and sometimes inexplicable.

Five years ago, this news was reprinted by many publications: the Italian psychologist Giovanni Caputo set up a simple experiment where participants stared into each other's eyes for 10 minutes, being in a dimly lit room. At the same time, in the other group, the control group, the participants simply sat in front of an empty wall.

The result was amazing: 10 minutes of staring led to the fact that people began to experience a state of dissociation, that is, to perceive what was happening to them as if it was happening to someone else.

In the face of the person sitting opposite, the participants saw either their own face, or the face of a relative, or even some kind of monster. At the same time, all the sounds around seemed to be muffled, and the color scheme of the room became black and white.

Participants who sat for 10 minutes staring at a wall did not experience any of this.

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What can I say, you yourself have probably experienced a similar strange state when you suddenly collided with the eyes of another person: the realization that both you and he are looking at each other and both understand it produces an interesting effect. This is how love stories sometimes begin.

But, of course, visual contact does not always mean mutual sympathy that develops into a serious feeling. After all, such contact is an integral and natural part of a normal conversation or business negotiation. However, this is almost always the important part.

We judge a person, what he is, including whether he looks directly into our eyes or tries to look away when we talk to him.

And when we meet strangers on the street and they pass by without even looking at us, we may have an unpleasant feeling that we are being avoided.

This is our household experience. But psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying eye contact for decades, and the results of their research are quite intriguing. It turns out that such eye-to-eye contact has a power that affects our thoughts, our perception of another person looking at us.

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It has long been noticed, and experiments confirm this, that someone else's gaze attracts our attention and captures it. At the same time, we begin to be less aware of what is happening around, everything seems to be immersed in gray tones (like in a movie!).

An alien gaze immediately starts a series of processes in our brain, as we realize that we are now confronted with the mind of a person looking into our eyes. As a result, it becomes clearer to us that this other person has his own interests, his own agenda, and this makes us wary.

If you have ever stood in a zoo near a cage with great apes and stumbled upon their eyes, you know this strange, even slightly frightening feeling: the monkey seems to be judging you, watching you, seeing right through you.

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Look into the eyes of a gorilla and you will immediately feel that a representative of another mind is looking at you appraisingly

In fact, even picturesque portraits trigger similar processes in our brains when they a person looks directly into our eyes (recall the Mona Lisa effect). Social contact with a portrait? Why not.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the moment when we realize that we have become someone's subject of study has a very distracting effect on us, prevents us from gathering our thoughts, concentrating on a matter, even on the simplest, confusing. Moreover, not even a living person in front of us can interfere, but a video image on the screen.

Similar studies have also shown that the gaze of another person that we intercept can affect our working memory (the ability to retain and use information in a short period of time), our imagination, and our ability to suppress information we do not need.

You have most likely experienced all of these effects without realizing it when you interrupted eye contact with a person in order to better focus on your thoughts or on your presentation.

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Studies show that direct eye contact draws our attention

Some psychologists advise even looking away when asking children questions, because they think that way they can better focus on the answers .

In addition, studies show that eye contact affects how we perceive our counterpart. For example, we usually consider someone who doesn't avoid our gaze and often looks us straight in the eye to be smarter, more honest, and more sincere (at least that's the case in Western culture). And we tend to trust more what such people say.

But, of course, too much eye contact can cause us discomfort, and people who stare straight into our eyes can even cause fear.

In one of the studies, psychologists tried to establish the most comfortable duration of eye contact and came to the conclusion that on average it is 3 seconds (and no one in the experiment would like such contact to exceed 9 seconds).

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The moment we find someone looking directly into our eyes can be very discouraging and distracting at the very least

Another recorded eye-to-eye effect could explain why we are so attracted to the eyes of another person when we find them in a room full of people. According to one recent study, at such a moment there is something like a merger of two personalities: we tend to consider the one who found our eyes similar to himself - both externally and as a person.

And when others around you are talking animatedly, not paying attention to anything, this effect adds intimacy to your meeting of eyes. But that's not all.

If you continue your eye contact and approach your counterpart, it may seem that your pupils also dilate in sync with the pupils of the other person, as if adjusting to each other. Some sort of social mimicry? And at the same time so romantic.

However, scientists express a certain skepticism about this behavior of the pupils, believing that the pupils simply react to the changing brightness in the partner's eyes (for example, when the pupils of a person opposite dilate, his eyes darken). The theory is, of course, interesting...

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Even if you look into the eyes of a portrait image, our brain will respond to a social signal. Perhaps that is why the faces of people with dilated pupils seem more attractive to many - at least our brain responds to this as well.

At one time, ladies even instilled the juice of poisonous belladonna berries into their eyes, which caused the pupils to dilate, making the look bottomless (and leading to hallucinations and visual impairment).

But not only the pupils send us signals when we look into the eyes of a person. Recent studies have shown that we can read a lot of emotions from the movement of our eyes.

A person can open his eyes wide or narrow them. Disgust, for example, causes us to narrow our eyes, which gives our face a well-defined expression and signals to those around us: "Uuuuu ... How disgusting."

Another important element of our eyes is the limbal rings (dark rings around the iris, the colored part of the eye). According to recent scientific observations, these rings are more often seen in young and healthy people, so they may be the cause of attraction.

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All these studies show that the old expression about the eyes as a mirror of the soul, apparently, has a significant amount of truth.

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