Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema

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What happens when fictional characters acknowledge our 'presence' as film spectators? By virtue of its eccentricity and surprising frequency as a filmic device, direct address enables us to ask some fundamental questions of film theory, history and criticism and tackle, head-on, assumptions about the cinema as a medium. Brown provides a broad understanding of the role of direct address within fiction cinema, with focused analysis of its role in certain strands of avant-garde or experimental cinema, on the one hand, and popular genre traditions (musicals and comedies) on the other.A series of meetings culminates in the paira#39;s engagement, the sale of her house and her departure for a new life with him. ... home has been constructed as highly artificial (his mirrored wardrobes play music as they le notti di cabiria (1957) 87.

Title:Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema
Author: Tom Brown
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2012-05-21

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