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    Can anyone list any films that break the 4th wall - that is, where the actors show awareness of the audience.



    My examples:

    Up Pompeii



    And now I'm all out of examples (and credibility too)

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    Alfie, springs to mind. Perhaps the most famous one.

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    I think Woody Allen does it in Annie Hall during the scene with Marshall McLuhan.

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    ...also The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

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    Peter Cushing at the climax of From Beyond the Grave.

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    and don't forget....



    Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road (once)

    Shirley Valentine

    Tom Jones

    ...and Groucho Marx did it all the time!

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    A single scene of George Lazenby in OHMSS...

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    Sim, at the denouement of SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS...



    Smudge

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    Oliver Hardy did it all the time.

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    name='SirOllyBolly']Can anyone list any films that break the 4th wall - that is, where the actors show awareness of the audience.



    My examples:

    Up Pompeii



    And now I'm all out of examples (and credibility too)


    A Matter of Life and Death when Conductor 71 (Marius Goring) arrives on earth and says "One is starved for Technicolor, up there"



    He did originally say "One is starved for colour" the it was dubbed to change it to "Technicolor". That means that the mouth isn't synchronised with the voice for the rest of that sequence but he's partially obscured by the Rhododendrons.



    Thelma Schoonmaker once described it as a very generous gesture to what they always considered to be an intelligent audience, always at least level with them, sometimes a step or two ahead.



    In effect it's their way of saying "Yes it's artifice. We know, you know and this shows that we know that you know so lets just sit back & admire how well it's done"



    Steve

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    name='Bunnyboy']Shirley Valentine
    "He kissed my stretch marks!"

    Great line



    Steve

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    House of Cards.



    Richard the Third.

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    Charles Hawtrey in 'Carry On Camping' after the cow/bull joke

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    Orlando, where Tilda Swinton gives the camera knowing looks.



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    Bob Hope about to be executed in the last scene in "Casanova's Big Night"

    - "What's the matter with this theatre? Don't they sell popcorn?"



    And....on TV for years and years, Jack Warner in "Dixon of Dock Green" introducing it, acting in it then rounding it all off with his closing message & "Mind How You Go".

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    Come to think of it, Anne Bancroft also did it in 84 Charing Cross Road.

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    Anthony Michael Hall in "Sixteen Candles" ("This is Good" to camera)



    Hope & Crosby did it regularly in the Road Movies.



    There are a lot of asides to camera in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".

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    Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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    "I've said it once. I'll say it again: life moves pretty fast.

    If you can't stop and look around, you could miss it."


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    The whole cast of 'Hustle' TV series does it.

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    name='narabdela']There are a lot of asides to camera in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".


    Which Frankie Howerd continued in Up Pompeii and other shows



    Steve

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