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Spider and Web (1998)

Posted at 13:47 on August 12th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Let me quickly recap Alfred Hitchcock's theory of suspense with the stock example: Two men are sitting at a table, chatting away about completely unimportant topics. The audience knows there's a bomb under the table (they saw someone planting it before). However, they are powerless - they can't interfere. They want to warn the two men, but they can't. All they can do is watch. Thus, suspense is built up based on the audience's superior knowledge. Spider and Web, on the other hand, uses exactly the opposite formula: The protagonist knows more than the player (his 'audience') and it's not until the very ending of the story, that everything becomes clear.


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