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Audiovisual FILM STUDIES FOR FREE

Selected Videographic Essays and Criticism by Catherine Grant

CINEMATIC DIRECT ADDRESS Part Two: You Looking at Me?

On Friday March 1, 2013, I had a very pleasurable conversation with Tom Brown, Lecturer in Film Studies at Kings College, London (kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/filmstudies/people/acad/brown/index.aspx), on the subject of direct address in the cinema, a topic he knows a huge amount about as author of the only book completely dedicated to it: BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL: DIRECT ADDRESS IN THE CINEMA (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012). I have animated our conversation in a two part video for some special entries on these topics at FILM STUDIES FOR FREE. Part One: Mapping the Field may be found here, together with links to numerous scholarly resources on direct address: filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/2013/04/breaking-fourth-wall-direct-address-and.html. The above video focuses specifically on my reading of moments in Buñuel's 1950 film LOS OLVIDADOS (see the YOU LOOKING AT ME? video here: vimeo.com/60388474) in which actors/characters look into the camera, to which Tom gives his response.

Also see Leigh Singer's great video 'supercut' on breaking the fourth wall: blogs.indiewire.com/pressplay/video-essay-breaking-the-fourth-wall