Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema

by Tom Brown
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780748683079
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2013
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

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Tom Brown is Lecturer at the University of Reading

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