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I hate to bare my knuckle-dragging pedant so early in a thread like this, but 'defenestration' was our favorite vocabulary word in BC Calc senior year and it is most definitely defined as the act of throwing someone or something out of a window and *deep breath* even within the first minute of this supposed 'movie' of 'defenestration' there were several people swooping in through windows. Not the same thing.

Thank you, and I'm sorry.
posted by carsonb at 5:34 PM on November 21, 2010 [32 favorites]


I sense a unifying theme to all these clips, but I can't quite put my finger on it...
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:36 PM on November 21, 2010


bad lighting
posted by nervousfritz at 5:36 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Defenestrate is the word I use to see whether a dictionary is worth bothering with.
posted by oddman at 5:40 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


carsonb: "I hate to bare my knuckle-dragging pedant so early in a thread like this, but 'defenestration' was our favorite vocabulary word in BC Calc senior year and it is most definitely defined as the act of throwing someone or something out of a window ..."

Not to worry, I had the same thought, but as this was the title there wasn't much I could do to change it.

To be fair, there are plenty of clips of actual defenestration in this collection, so it's not all bad.
posted by bwg at 5:45 PM on November 21, 2010


I hate to bare my knuckle-dragging pedant so early in a thread like this, but 'defenestration' was our favorite vocabulary word in BC Calc senior year and it is most definitely defined as the act of throwing someone or something out of a window

That's one sense of the word. Architecturally, fenestration can refer to openings in walls and thus the rather clever usage of defenestration you mention. It can also refer to adornments, bric-a-brac, trim, appurtenances of all sorts. In that sense I have actually seen the word defenestration used to refer to the removal of the, um, dangly bits.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 5:46 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


You totally got my hopes up that there would be a Section 8 movie.
posted by mhoye at 5:47 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


In that sense I have actually seen the word defenestration used to refer to the removal of the, um, dangly bits.

Pics or it didn't happen.
posted by carsonb at 5:53 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


The definitive defenestration was the Defenestration of Prague - and you can still see the window.
posted by Paragon at 5:54 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


I love this. First it's amusing. Then it's kind of repetitive. Then, after a few minutes, the sheer silliness of it starts to become hilarious. Then they throw in a little twist like the one where the guy doesn't make it through the pane of glass, or the clip where somebody jumps in a window instead of is thrown out and you just crack up.

Then it becomes a game: Which of the three stock sound effects will this clip use? Will it be high pitched or low pitched?
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 5:59 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, Defenestration was the name of every fake-plastic-band I formed through the entire Guitar Hero and Rock Band series, until RB2 where somebody else online beat me to it. My friends always wondered what the hell it meant.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 6:02 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


When monsters and/or action stars are jumping into a structure via its window, should it then be considered "fenestration?"
posted by erstwhile at 6:04 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I suppose I should have refreshed the comments after watching the movie before posting. Oh well, for posterity.
posted by erstwhile at 6:06 PM on November 21, 2010


This is not about installing Linux.
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 6:09 PM on November 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


You gotta watch it all the way through if you haven't. First of all, there is a LOT of Arnold in there. It's kind of mindblowing. Secondly, there are thematic sequences: people, animals (how the $#&! do they get animals to jump through even fake glass?), people on motorcyles, people on fire, cars, trucks...

Can someone tell me what is the deal with the glass or fake glass they use to do these stunts? It still looks really sharp, so how do people not hurt themselves?

Also, I really want to see that movie that has the guys on horses chasing through successive interior windows...wtf.
posted by dubitable at 6:09 PM on November 21, 2010


Can someone tell me what is the deal with the glass or fake glass they use to do these stunts? It still looks really sharp, so how do people not hurt themselves?

Oh, I guess it's sugar glass, but it still looks like you could hurt yourself.
posted by dubitable at 6:12 PM on November 21, 2010


You mean this guy? Wow, he's come a long way.
posted by jonmc at 6:14 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like Peter Greenaway's 1975 four minute short Windows better.
posted by ericost at 6:28 PM on November 21, 2010


When monsters and/or action stars are jumping into a structure via its window, should it then be considered "fenestration?"

I'd favor "enfenestration" myself.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:29 PM on November 21, 2010 [8 favorites]


I propose that when they are going in, it should be called reverse defenestration.

It will probably require a scholarly conference or fourteen to resolve this issue.
posted by warbaby at 6:33 PM on November 21, 2010


I vote for Refenestration, just because it breaks several grammatical rules (and windows).
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:45 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nothing like a good defenestration to make my day! oh for the record , I like 'infenestration'
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 6:48 PM on November 21, 2010


I vote for disenfenstrationism.
posted by found missing at 7:03 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


Somebody had access to a huge catalog of movies, knew which ones had windows breaking, er... defenestration, clipped all those out, organized the bits thematically, and sewed them together. Seven minutes and twenty three seconds worth.

Holy mackerel!
posted by Xoebe at 7:08 PM on November 21, 2010


When I was a teenager, I wanted to make a comic about a fake Punisher-like superhero called the Defenestrator. His sidekick would drive the van full of windows on wheels that he'd pull out specifically for the deed of throwing bad guys through it.

What's that? Oh, no, it's ok, I know I'm deeply broken inside, thanks for asking.
posted by yeloson at 7:10 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


There are some classic scenes in there. I just wish they had included about one or two more seconds of the lead-up to the defenestration (or whatever), because sometimes a little context would be very helpful.

My vote is also for refenestration.
posted by Simon Barclay at 7:11 PM on November 21, 2010


Somebody had access to a huge catalog of movies, knew which ones had windows breaking, er... defenestration, clipped all those out, organized the bits thematically, and sewed them together. Seven minutes and twenty three seconds worth.

This clip comes from the fine folks at Everything Is Terrible. It was put together by member Defenestrator III, which might signify how obsessed he is over this.

If that doesn't, then how about the note where he tells us this is an abridged version, and that his unedited edition is half an hour long?
posted by JHarris at 7:19 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


By the way fenster is the German word for window and add "ent" ("ente being German for "duck") to the beginning of the word one could theoretically be talking about somehow assaulting a window with a duck, in German.
posted by I love you more when I eat paint chips at 7:20 PM on November 21, 2010


They totally forgot Miss Piggy.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:31 PM on November 21, 2010


Tracking down and assembling all those clips must have been a real pane in the ass. I shutter to think of all the hard work that went into it. (I was tempted to type "shard work" there, but that would have been just sill-y.)
posted by Atom Eyes at 7:31 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


When I was a teenager, I wanted to make a comic about a fake Punisher-like superhero called the Defenestrator. His sidekick would drive the van full of windows on wheels that he'd pull out specifically for the deed of throwing bad guys through it.

Along those lines, a supporting character in DC's Hitman comic was called The Defenestrator. He carried around a window so he could throw people through it.

I don't think he had a van. He did have a teammate that welded dogs to people, though, so there's that.
posted by flipper at 7:34 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


its like reading a TV Tropes article, without all the reading.
posted by Mach5 at 7:36 PM on November 21, 2010


Now that I think about it, this really ought to have been posted by defenestration.
posted by bwg at 7:42 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


reverse defenestration.

You guys are on a whole new level of kink.
posted by naju at 8:05 PM on November 21, 2010


Enfenestration is the only word that makes sense, obviously.
posted by msali at 8:17 PM on November 21, 2010


I vote for 'enfenestration', unless the subject has previously been defenestrated, in which case, obviously, 'refenestration' would be correct.
posted by pompomtom at 8:33 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Okay film buffs! From what movie is the sort of slow-mo part with the harsh, green, backlit lights and the person running through multiple panes of glass?
posted by Mizu at 8:39 PM on November 21, 2010


Affenestration? Or perhaps that's the word that describes being thrown up against a window without actually going through.
posted by hattifattener at 8:40 PM on November 21, 2010


I may have missed it, but there seemed to be a remarkable absence of blood. I wonder how many hapless fools jump through windows and get sever lacerations because it looks so easy in the movies? Hopefully few to none.
posted by idiopath at 8:45 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


I can't BELIEVE they didn't end with this. I expected it to be the big finish!
posted by dragstroke at 9:30 PM on November 21, 2010


By the way fenster is the German word for window and add "ent" ("ente being German for "duck") to the beginning of the word one could theoretically be talking about somehow assaulting a window with a duck, in German.

"Fenster" in German comes from Latin "fenestra", not that that's relevant. More relevant: "Ent" as a prefix already has a meaning in German and it has nothing to do with ducks.

I'd favor "enfenestration" myself.

I'd go with "affenestration", derived from "adfenestration". "Enfenestration" is then available for describing when someone is placed or confined in a window. (Compare "immuration".)

Refenestration, on the other hand, is something buildings undergo when the windows through which someone or something has been de- or affenestrated are replaced.
posted by kenko at 10:17 PM on November 21, 2010


Mizu: Okay film buffs! From what movie is the sort of slow-mo part with the harsh, green, backlit lights and the person running through multiple panes of glass?

Blade Runner?
posted by pseudonymph at 10:36 PM on November 21, 2010


Just thought I would stop by and say hello...
posted by Defenestrator at 10:44 PM on November 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yay Everything Is Terrible! The magic they work with their editing skills! This chopped up diet video is pretty much my favorite thing.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:54 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


> Okay film buffs! From what movie is the sort of slow-mo part with the harsh, green, backlit lights and the person running through multiple panes of glass?

It's Battlefield Earth, of course.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:31 PM on November 21, 2010


An epic work.

Also quite hypnotic.
posted by _Lasar at 1:51 AM on November 22, 2010


If you watch this video with the sound down, and put on a song you really like, the resulting video clip is incredible.

I found it worked really well with this; it makes the whole thing seem somehow ... triumphant.

(As though all humanity were affirming, "Yeah! You keep building those windows! No matter how bad an idea it is, no matter how much it costs -- we will conquer them!")
posted by Rumpled at 2:26 AM on November 22, 2010


I was expecting to see something from this fight scene in there.
posted by Kalthare at 2:37 AM on November 22, 2010


In a way, isn't an interior just the outside of an exterior? Defenestrate your self out of the exterior and you're in the interior.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:35 AM on November 22, 2010


No Hudsucker Proxy? I'm a little disappointed.
posted by usonian at 6:22 AM on November 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Defenestrator: "Just thought I would stop by and say hello.."

Y'know, I don't want to imagine the FPP whereby I'm expected to show up on account of my username...
posted by notsnot at 6:33 AM on November 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm sitting with 'a' or 'ad' fenestration. Oooh, or transfenestration. Sounds mystical. The people howling as they made their way through the glass was pretty entertaining. I wonder if it could be auto-tuned.
posted by LD Feral at 6:37 AM on November 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


You're allowed to open the window first. Just saying.
posted by lordrunningclam at 7:13 AM on November 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


At 0:46 in there is a good exapmple of refenstration - out, then back in. Unless of course it has to be back into the same interior.
posted by rtimmel at 8:47 AM on November 22, 2010


I have actually been defenestrated. Whole body, thrown clean through a window. And yes, it was closed and the glass went everywhere.

I am unreasonably proud of this.
posted by Decani at 10:54 AM on November 22, 2010


Decani: Isn't that, like, incredibly dangerous?
posted by JHarris at 11:19 AM on November 22, 2010


good post ;)
posted by defenestration at 11:45 AM on November 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


The best defenestration is a good offenestration.
posted by flabdablet at 8:42 AM on November 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


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