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Self-reflexive intro to The Girl Can't Help It

by Critical Commons Manager

This introductory sequence, which was released three years after Chuck Jones' Duck Amuck, deploys similar tactics of direct address, and manipulation of the film frame, color and sound. Drawing attention to the cinematic apparatus of production is often regarded as characteristic of postmodernism, but was also very much a part of high modernist, classical Hollywood cinema as seen here.

Extradiegetic manipulation of the film aperture, color and sound in The Girl Can't Help It

In this pre-title sequence Tom Ewell's narrative exposition is interrupted by self-reflexive attention to the cinematic apparatus

from The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Creator: Frank Tashlin
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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