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Breaking The 4th Wall

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While observing a Faber College co-ed undressing through her dormitory window, a ladder-perched John Belushi acknowledges the camera by glancing back over his shoulder and raising his right eyebrow.
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John Hughes popularized this momentary breaking of the fourth wall in which his characters would look at the audience for comedic effect, usually before going after a girl. But his best use of the formula was in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when the lead character, played by Matthew Broderick, talked directly to the audience and even scolded them for staying until the end of the credits when the movie was clearly over. Comedy gold.
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Allen's character, standing in line to see a movie with Annie and listening to a man behind him deliver misinformed pontifications on the significance of Marshall McLuhan's work, leaves the line to speak to the camera directly. The man then steps out of the queue and speaks to the camera in his own defense, and Allen resolves the dispute by pulling McLuhan himself from behind a free-standing movie posterboard to tell the man that his interpretation is wrong.
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Clive Owen breaks this wall in the beginning of the film, giving him an omniscient persona.
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"Daffy Duck" who is tormented by a seemingly sadistic, initially unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy's locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance and even shape. Pandemonium reigns throughout the cartoon as Daffy attempts to steer the action back to some kind of normality, only for the animator to either ignore him or, more frequently, to over-literally interpret his increasingly frantic demands.
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In one of the first well-known uses of the technique, Charlie Chaplin stops the movie and gives a heartfelt plea to the audience about the need to do something about Hitler and the growing threat of fascism.
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Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) speaks to the camera several times, and, at one point, rides his horse past a full orchestra playing the score for the movie. An old woman takes a break from being beaten by thugs to remark to the audience, "Have you ever seen such cruelty?" Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) asks rhetorical questions while looking into the camera, then says, "Why am I asking you?" Later Lamarr tells his group of henchmen, "You will only be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor!" Near the end of the film, the characters leave the fictional realm of Rock Ridge and enter the actual Warner Bros. studio, literally breaking a wall in the process. One character, just before he punches the director of another film, shouts "Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks!" When Lamarr tries to escape into a movie theater, the movie he watches turns out to be Blazing Saddles itself, and he sees that the hero is still on his trail.
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Very subtle and easy to forget, there are a few frames in which it appears that Tyler Durden has altered the version of the film you’ve been watching, calling back to a moment in which he discusses defiling children’s films with frames of pornography. A brilliantly subtle gag that never spoils the coherency of the movie.
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The single most genius use of the convention, this entire film is narrated by the protagonist (played by Robert Downey Jr.), who breaks the fourth wall almost every time he opens his mouth. He forgets to mention things, only to bring them up later while admonishing himself for telling the story wrong. One moment involves him resurrecting Abe Lincoln, Elvis, and the Easter Bunny, and the film ends with a videotaped apology by the main characters apologizing for swearing so much.
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Robert Hays, as Ted Stryker, looks into the camera and says "What a pisser." Also Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who plays the copilot, breaks character (within the script) to make a reference to his real career in basketball.
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The main character looks at the camera and explains that she likes to search for small details that people do not notice in the cinema, and how she dislikes old American movies in which a driver does not look at the road while driving.
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At the end of the movie, when Bill and Ted (who barely know how to play guitar) are practicing with their band, "Wyld Stallyns", Rufus turns to the camera and says apologetically, "They do get better."
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During the end credits they show animated bloopers where characters screw up as if they were real actors.
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When Jay is bored, Silent Bob gets his boom box and plays "Goodbye Horses". While the song plays, Jay gets interested and acts like Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs while staring at the camera and tells the viewers in a sarcastic way that he wants to engage in sexual intercourse with "us".
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Breaking the fourth wall is when a character acknowledges their fictionality, by either indirectly or directly addressing the audience. Alternatively, they may interact with their creator (the author of the book, the director of the movie, the artist of the comic book, etc.). This is more akin to breaking one of the walls of the set, but the existence of a director implies the existence of an audience, so it's still indirectly Breaking The Fourth Wall. This trope is usually used for comedic purposes.

filmbabble.blogspot.com/2007/08/here-i-go-again-with-another-meta-movie.html
www.the-numbers.com/movies/series/BreakingTheFourthWall.php
www.film.com/features/story/breaking-fourth-wall-top-ten/29236923
www.artandpopularculture.com/List_of_films_that_break_the_fourth_wall

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