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    Demolishing the Fourth Wall...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CallaghanFilms View Post
    I don't know that these exemplify breaking the Forth Wall... while they all are with the actor/actress looking straight in to the camera, I don't see many of them attempting to communicate directly with the 'audience' ala "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"(1986). Or the crashing through the wall of the studio of the 'western film' cast into some other studio production in the finale scenes of "Blazing Saddles"(1974).


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    Superman smiling at the camera is probably a break. The vast majority of the others aren't, though.
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    I would say about a quarter are on some level doing so at the story level.

    But honestly, I thought it was a well cut montage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jimerson View Post
    Superman smiling at the camera is probably a break. The vast majority of the others aren't, though.
    Granted, most are variants of First Person/Reversal-Reversed POV...
    But I would again argue many are breaks.


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    Damn, it may be closer to half of them. I just re-watched the first 1:30, and would say that
    (in addition to Superman and Ferris);

    Goodfellas
    Trading Places
    Scott Pilgrim
    Apocalypse Now (maybe)
    2001
    Crank
    Wayne’s World
    Fear and Loathing
    Amelie
    The Devil’s Advocate


    all could qualify. They're not all gonna be as bold or ballsy as Abe Froman and Kal-El…


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    Remember, they don't have to converse with we the audience to acknowledge that we exist.
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    I count a very very few (handful or so) that break the wall. The majority are simply P.O.V.


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    In fact, I will count them and name them for you silly people


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    The one that was missing:

    Burt_smiling_in_Smokey_and_the_Bandit.jpg

    My list

    Superman
    Trading Places
    The Film at the :44 Second Mark (The young man, I know I know it)
    Amelie
    Ferris Bueller
    The Black and White Film (@ 2:20; but have not seen it and do not know the context; was he looking at someone looking at him?)
    The Film at 2:22
    Psycho
    I almost said Evil Dead 3, but NO. He is going insane. It works perfectly and is not raping the 4th ness.
    Nosferatu (NO NO NO) That is simply brilliance in the context of the scene and character. Genius.

    In order the break the dimension, one must really know the context. The P.O.V. is an awesome, and unused technique. I wish we saw more of it.


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    Easier to do and accepted by audiences in comedies - see "Amelie".

    Longest scene - if I remember right - with an actor talking to audience directly in Tarkvsky's "Stalker", wife at the end .... but then, "Stalker" is different in almost all aspects....


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