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one thousand six hundred fifty-sixth category

Breaking the fourth wall

OUR TOWN (1940)

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Moonlighting often broke the fourth wall, with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.

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Annie Hall (1977) 

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High Fidelity (2000)

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Goodfellas (1990) the ending

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Horse Feathers (1932) 

"I've got to stay here but there's no reason why you folks shouldn't go to the lobby until this thing blows over."



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❤ Ship of Fools (1965) 


Glocken breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience at the beginning and end of the film. 


💛 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) 

James Bond makes a tongue in cheek reference to the 'other fellow' 😂


💙 Saved By the Bell (1989-1993) 


Zack Morris would always "Time Out" and/or break the fourth wall to talk to the audience. 

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22 hours ago, shutoo said:

 I've watched it on Hulu...let's just say Carl Reiner was VERY smart to re-cast and re-tool the show...it's pretty awful.  There's a colorized version of it on youtube...I tried posting the link here but the whole thing popped up...just  search: Head of the Family 1961 Carl Reiner


I heard the same about the pilot, but I haven't seen it. Still want to, though!


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the wall gets broken all through the film:

Brighton Beach Memoirs   Jonathan Silverman shares thoughts about his family with audience  Animated GIF

Alfie  Michael Caine is always talking to the audience about, what else, his love life   Animated GIFS  

In The Matchmaker, Shirley Booth (and Paul Ford and Anthony Perkins) talks to the audienceAnimated GIF

on tv, there wasn't an episode of  The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show when George didn't talk to the tv viewers Animated GIF


and Jim Hutton always broke the wall to ask if we had figured out whodunit on Ellery Queen

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 3 Classic TV shows

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show-- George Burns would privately talk to the audience and set up the situation for Gracie.

Mister Ed--the talking horse would often also set up the situation for his good buddy Wilbur.

George Burns was also the executive producer of "Mister Ed".

And another TV show,The People's Choice, starring Jackie Cooper, featured his Basset Hound, "Cleo" talking to the audience and setting up the scene for the human actors.

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HAMLET - all of his soliloquies

THE BELLBOY - starts with an introductory warning spoken directly to the camera that the movie has no plot

ROAD TO UTOPIA - Peter Benchley frequently interrupts in an attempt to explain what is going on, but ends up being confused himself.

WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY - Woody Allen explains to us that GWTW was also a Japanese movie dubbed into English

ANIMAL CRACKERS - "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude"


As a theater/film major I learned that the phrase "breaking the fourth wall" doesn't only refer to actors talking into the camera, but it also refers to anytime they remind the audience it's not real, whether they are addressing them directly or not. Sometimes the actors remind us we are just watching a movie/play in more indirect ways, such as:

PRINCESS BRIDE - Peter Falk breaks in at tense moments to tell his grandson it is just a book -- "she does not get eaten at this time!"

SUNSET BLVD - in a clever twist ending we find out the narrator was dead the whole time (spoiler alert!), and as you ask yourself how he can narrate if he's dead, you realize, "Oh yeah, it's just a movie!"

The Muppets do this a lot, too, such as in THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER when Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo fly through the opening credits saying, "No one reads those names anyway!"or in MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN when Rizzo says, "He died?!?! This is supposed to be a kids' movie!"

DUCK AMUCK -- Daffy keeps asking his animator (Bugs Bunny) to make up his mind, but gets erased and redrawn a lot, reminding us he is just a drawing!


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Great examples yesterday!


one thousand six hundred fifty-seventh category

Killing a family member

It is suggested Norman Bates killed his mother in PSYCHO (1960), an example of matricide.

Hamlet’s father was murdered by Hamlet’s Uncle Claudius, which is fratricide, in HAMLET (1990).

Hank shoots his brother Jacob at the end of A SIMPLE PLAN (1998). Another example of fratricide.

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Carrie kills mom (Piper Laurie) with psychic precision

In The Wolf Man, Claude Rains kills werewolf son, Lon Chaney Jr. with a silver tipped cane

Angela Lansbury (oh no, not Mrs. Fletcher!) is killed by her son Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate

Poor sister Bette Davis kills rich sister Bette Davis in Dead Ringer  Animated GIF

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We have the 1979 drama NATURAL ENEMIES starring Hal Holbrook as a man who ruminates about whether he should kill his family.  This film makes for great dinnertime viewing!  :wacko:  Has a good cast.  

SCHATJES! (1984-Dutch)  (English titles:  "Darlings!" and "Army Brats").   D:  Ruud van Hemert.  "A Family Declares War -- on itself!"  

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Memorable hair

Elsa Lanchester in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

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Veronica Lake in I MARRIED A WITCH (1942)

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Dean Stockwell in THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR (1948)

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While other women were curling and waving, her straight angled bowl cut made Louise Brooks the model for the 'modern flapper'                                                                                                                                               Image result for louise brooks

As Coffy, Pam Grier hid razors in her iconic curled afro, so nobody would mess with her hair Animated GIF

the famous Bo Derek braids in 10  Animated GIF

Bigger is better in Hairspray  Image result for hairspray 1988

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This is what they referred to in I LOVE LUCY as "an Italian haircut" that influenced women's hairstyles in the 1950s -- not sure who got it first, but Sophia Loren and Liz Taylor had the same hair style


Although Lucy's hair was pretty memorable,a nd they still sell wigs in this style:


Another popular wig style is the Elvis pompadour:


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