She knows you’re watching…
As we watch a film we get used to the convention of not acknowledging
that we’re watching a film, which is deceptive in and of itself, since
we are watching, and the filmmakers know that we will be watching, so we are succumbing to the film’s illusion. And then sometimes the illusion gets broken, in a good way.
Watch this eight-and-a-half minute clip from extreme movie-lover Leigh Singer.
A compilation of scenes and moments from films that all "break the fourth wall" – that is, acknowledge (usually directly to the camera, and therefore the audience) that they’re part of a movie. The term comes from the imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play.
The montage includes 54 different films (some used more than once) from perhaps the very first example of breaking the fourth wall right up to today. There were so many other great examples I couldn’t find room for (sadly, The Dude and The Big Lebowski’s narrator don’t abide here), I’d love to hear which 4th wall breakers you’d also include.
See the list of films, here>>
Watch below, or better yet, go to Vimeo and watch it even bigger. (NSFW if bad words be bothersome.)
Breaking the 4th Wall Movie Supercut
Breaking the 4th Wall Movie Supercut from Leigh Singer on Vimeo.