fourth wall


Definition of fourth wall

: an imaginary wall (as at the opening of a modern stage proscenium) that keeps performers from recognizing or directly addressing their audience

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Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic is reducing the fourth wall to rubble and carrying the pieces, one by one, to the scrap heap of history. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: BBC Dad (and his kids) sprung onto the scene 4 years ago. Would that video even raise an eyebrow today?," 11 Mar. 2021 In episode seven of WandaVision, the show starts breaking the fourth wall and follows the single-camera format that became popular in the 2010s and is still seen in most sitcoms today. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "TV Shows and Movies Like WandaVision—Here's What to Watch After the Marvel Series," 5 Mar. 2021 Cast and crew alike are figuring out the rules of the new genre and the boundaries of the fourth wall. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘The Real World’ Revisited: When Reality Had Bite," 5 Mar. 2021 Working off a screenplay by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg, the Russo Brothers employ a variety of different movie-making techniques: voiceover narration, Scorsese-esque cutaways, breaking the fourth wall, novel-like chapters, and more. Josh Weiss, Forbes, "‘Cherry’: COVID-19 Pushed Henry Jackman To Break All The Composing Rules For The Russo Bros.’ Addiction Drama," 1 Mar. 2021 Leah exclaims, breaking the fourth wall to make eye contact with the camera. Ineye Komonibo,, "Come On, Amazon — You Can’t Leave Us Hanging After Ending The Wilds Like That," 15 Dec. 2020 There was a kick to watching actors burst through the fourth wall, going meta. New York Times, "Dear Academy: Please Give Cher Another Oscar," 10 Dec. 2020 Love at first sight, contestants being ignored, and producers uncharacteristically breaking the fourth wall have been replaced with drama, drama, and more unnecessary drama. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 6 Recap: The Wolverine & The Man Child," 17 Nov. 2020 Jackson’s foray into audio, and specifically within the erotic genre, is pioneering a new creative frontier for actors creating incredibly intimate experiences for their fans and breaking past the fourth wall. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Did You Know ‘Insecure’ Star Sarunas J. Jackson Has A Sexy New Erotic Audio Series?," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fourth wall

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Fourth wall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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