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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 ...
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748683079
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • 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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