Intro to Film

Academia is the death of cinema. - Werner Herzog

A wonderful (and quite surprising) gag in Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920): the Bride is taking a bath and drops the soap on the rug. She leans over to pick it up, then stops short and looks directly at the camera. A hand appears from outside the frame to block the lens and is removed a moment later to reveal the grinning Bride, happily soaping up once more.

Cursory research suggests this might be the first instance of breaking the fourth wall in narrative film, which makes me a little giddy.

(You can watch One Week here or here.)

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    Now we know. Thank you!
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    This was the second time this happened in film. The first was in 1917 for the Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton film Coney...
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