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Mystery & Suspense in The Lodger

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xs111uH9ss[/youtube] You can only get the Suspense element going by giving the audience information.—Alfred Hitchcock Suspense, Hitch always insisted, was fundamentally different from Mystery. Because the press so often mislabeled his movies as Mysteries, he took more than one occasion to get specific about the difference. The most famous of these was in an interview […]

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Spotlight on—Methods of Montage in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out

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“Cinema is Montage.”—Sergei Eisenstein While cinema was still only a toddler in the artworld, Sergei Eisenstein wrote several essays on his seminal theoretical concern: Montage Theory, and while he wasn’t the first to write about montage—Kuleshov had demonstrated his “effect” by at least 1921 and Pudovkin wrote about it in the mid-20s—Eisenstein’s definition of montage as […]