fourth wall


fourth wall
  refers to the imaginary, illusory invisible plane through which the film viewer or audience is thought to look through toward the action; the fourth wall that separates the audience from the characters is 'broken through' when the barrier between the fictional world of the film's story and the "real world" of the audience is shattered - when an actor speaks directly to the viewers by making an aside
  Examples: the conclusion of The Great Train Robbery (1903) when the gunman fires directly at the audience, Woody Allen's asides in Annie Hall (1977), the end of GoodFellas (1990), and all throughout Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Glossary of cinematic terms . 2015.

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