Judith and the Fourth Wall

17 Feb

Andrea del Brescianino (del Piccinelli), “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” Oil on panel, 79.3 x 60 cm, Doria Pamphili, Rome, Italy

No, not the Third World.

The Fourth Wall is the imaginary “wall” at the front of the stage through which the audience sees the action in a play. Accepting the transparency of the fourth wall makes it possible to suspend disbelief between fiction and the audience, allowing them to enjoy the story as if they were observing real events. But sometimes an actor will “break the Fourth Wall” for dramatic or comedic effect by addressing the audience directly. Think of Ferris Bueller.

Judith broke the Fourth Wall. See her little smirk? I think it was for comedic effect.  Or else she has indigestion from the banquet.

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Distracted


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