Looking at You [movie montage]

It is common practice when making movies, not to look into the camera. It’s like crossing a dimension, or rather, acknowledging the audience and awakening them to reality and their own subconscious suspension of disbelief. It’s a plain and simple no-no. But like many rules, when tested and executed sparingly, they can be put to dramatic effect.

Many of these shots are subtle and easy to miss, but highly effective — see for yourself:

Song: “Can’t take my eyes off you” performed by Manic Street Preachers and also by Muse.

This is a tribute to the wink of complicity from the filmmakers to the audience when they make actors look straight into the camera. It is not a tribute to scenes where the fourth wall is broken (when a character addresses the audience directly), some clips in the video belong to that category but most of them don’t cause it is not what we wanted to show.

There are 150 different clips (from 148 films) in this video, but at first I had selected more than 200 films. I left out dozens of scenes on purpose, cause I didn’t want a 15 minutes montage. Apologies in advance for every film I deliberately discarded, forgot or missed. For example, I really regret forgetting about Kurt Russell in “Death Proof”, Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins” and Tilda Swinton in “Orlando”. ~

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~ by Fionnlagh on March 14, 2015.

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