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Film and Suspense
by Altan Loker


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An important fact about films & stage plays is that the creation, & the creators, of the most successful of them are shrouded in mystery. This is true especially about Shakespeare, Hitchcock & other top filmmakers of Hollywood in general. This book unveils the secret of the success of the masters of drama, as summarized below.  Read more...


 
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Overview

An important fact about films & stage plays is that the creation, & the creators, of the most successful of them are shrouded in mystery. This is true especially about Shakespeare, Hitchcock & other top filmmakers of Hollywood in general. This book unveils the secret of the success of the masters of drama, as summarized below.

A "good film" is the one that gives to the spectator the impression of witnessing real events. Certain story events provide real pleasure to the spectator independently from the activities of the story characters & make him/her wish those events to be real. This process of wishing & enjoying the result & wishing it to be real, is the most solid basis of the illusion of reality but cannot satisfy all of his/her needs. It is relatively easy to please the spectator but difficult to make him experience fear. Story telling consists of pleasing & scaring the audience. The spectator can be rewarded by showing him/her what he/she likes to see & wishes to be real & therefore sees as real. But how he/she can be punished/made to fear real punishment? The answer is to induce free-floating anxiety in his/her mind. This response is a consequence of the spectator's repressed guilt caused by the morally unacceptable but unavoidable side consequences of his/her acceptable wishes. In this book, the generation of free-floating anxiety is explained in detail, & it is shown that Shakespeare knew about this phenomenon in some form and made it the basis of his dramatic technique. Hitchcock learned its theory from Freud & its use in drama from Shakespeare. Hitchcock's Psycho and The Birds are analyzed in full, partially shot by shot, & Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello are analyzed also in full, partially line by line. The nature of suspense & how it is generated are explained & its relation to conflict, guilt, free-floating anxiety, hopes & fears, action, & the illusion of reality are clarified & exemplified.



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  • ISBN: 9781412236119
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Imprint: Trafford
  • Date: July 2005
 
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