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Hitchcock, Lessing, and the bomb under the table

November 29, 2013, 10:53 AM

http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/11/29/hitch...

      DB here: Every good cinephile knows Alfred Hitchcock’s famous distinction between suspense and surprise. In articles and interviews from the 1930s on, he explained that situations are more gripping if the audience has more knowledge than the characters do. His classic example, in conversation with Truffaut, was a bomb under a table. We [...]

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