(Sir) Alfred Hitchcock FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT with HELEN G. SCOTT - Essay


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

To stay with the audience, Hitchcock set out to win it over by reawakening all the strong emotions of childhood. In his work the viewer can recapture the tensions and thrills of the games of hide-and-seek or blindman's bluff and the terror of those nights when, by a trick of the imagination, a forgotten toy on the dresser gradually acquires a mysterious and threatening shape….

[This] brings us to suspense, which, even among those who acknowledge Hitchcock's mastery of it, is commonly regarded as a minor form of the spectacle, whereas actually it is the spectacle in itself.

Suspense is simply the dramatization of a film's narrative material, or, if you will, the most intense...

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