RSS

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.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Distracted

 

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: