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- n. Alternative spelling of Verfremdungseffekt.
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The house is haunted, but not by ghosts, unless it's the ghost of a Brechtian furniture maker, because the haunting here is alienating, a verfremdungseffekt poltergeist that makes belongings no longer belong and strips fetishes of their commodities:"What's wrong with the TV?"
I'd like to think that these dynamite scenes were some covert tribute to Bertolt Brecht's verfremdungseffekt to make the audience feel more like Jacob and Smokey - our laughter at these scurrying, fragile ants onscreen transforms us into wanton gods - but I think it has more to do with the fact that life is funnier when it's a Merrie Melodies skit.
This involved, above all, his famous notion of verfremdungseffekt - the 'alienation' or 'estrangement effect' (see box, right).