4th Wall 101

400 Fourth Wall Breaking Films Supercut from The Video Shop on Vimeo.

And check out this list from www.wegotthiscovered.com  – Just a few (13) of the ways the fourth wall has been broken, shattered, knocked over, climbed, jumped over, walked around, ignored, crapped on, disolved, rolled away, bored through, danced on, or redistributed:

This list is not a bad way to get your mind churning as you watch the video above. Breaking the 4th wall is not just about what the filmmaker is doing, but how they are doing it, and why.

1) Taking The Audience Along For The Ride: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986

2) Sharing An Emotional Experience: American Beauty (1999)

3) Keeping A Distance: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and A Clockwork Orange (1971)

4) ‘Using’ The Audience: Alfie (1966), Annie Hall (1977), and We’re The Millers (2013)

5) Creating Character To Audience Secrecy: Amélie (2001) and Superman (1978)

6) Self-Referential Humour: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Spaceballs (1987)

7) Telling The Audience The Truth: Fight Club (1999) and Bronson (2008)

8) Lampooning The Audience: Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and The Simpsons Movie (2007)

9) Creating A Shock Factor: Lord Of War (2005)

10) Good-Old-Fashioned Product Placement: Wayne’s World (1992)

11) Social Commentary: Trading Places (1983)

12) Rebuilding A Genre: Scream (1996)

13) Lucky Dip! (Almost) Everything Else… (a catch-all category


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