A History of Cinema Awaits in this Supercut of 4th Wall-Breaking Movie Moments
Supercuts celebrating the world of film are pretty commonplace and usually dedicated to some major plot device, trope or cliché, but here’s a wonderfully diverse one that uses a theme we all recognize. Film buff Leigh Singer has made a supercut of more than 50 movies that have used breaking the fourth wall as a key device or as part of a pivotal scene. From the humorous (lots of Mel Brooks, most notably the cavalry charge onto the musical set in Blazing Saddles) to the gutting (Alex the Drooge’s haunting gaze in A Clockwork Orange), Singer’s exploration travels across era and genre. And, of course, Ferris Bueller is there, as is Rob Gordon.
As a result, what we end up with is not just a montage of variations on this device, but an homage to some of the most brilliant and memorable film moments of all time. Gems include the Marshall McLuhan scene from Annie Hall, the conversation/stereotype rattle-off from Do The Right Thing, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech from The Great Dictator and, one of the most chilling fourth-wall breakages of all, Anthony Perkins’ sinister smirk from the final scene of Psycho. It’s rather lengthy for a supercut, but well done and a great look at the diversity of what seems like such a simple decision. Watch the whole thing below.