From: NAME: Joe Rader
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Last season there was one episode of "Northern Exposure" that struck me
at the time as employing a quite Brechtian technique. The episode was
moving along in a suspenseful development of the plot which called for
a duel. The two combatants were standing back-to-back in a field,
ready for the signal to commence when one of the characters yelled,
"Wait a minute, I don't like the way this is turning out." Etc. Etc. A
great brouhaha ensued while all the usual characters discussed the
matter, sometimes looking directly into the camera and gesticulating to
it as if they were talking to the audience one-to-one-rather than
through the construct of acting their "normal" characters.
Ultimately they cut to a commercial or something, as I recall, and
whent he show resumed everything was back in the ur-fictitious story.
It was only a brief moment. But I remember thinking that I had never
seen anything quite so boldly like Brecht.
Joe C. Rader - Univ. of Tennessee Libraries - Knoxville 37917