“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – Alfred Hitchcock.Suspense is a technique used by film directors to bring excitement to both short and feature films; leaving the audience feeling helpless yet engaged. Alfred Hitchcock, a world-renowned English director, has long been considered the ‘Master of Suspense’(Unknown, n.d.). Hitchcock spent most of his 60-year career refining suspense techniques within his films. Narrative elements such as audience knowledge, secluded location, isolated character and fake scare, are also supported by technical codes and conventions such as camera shots, lighting, camera movement and pace of editing. Hitchcock believed the real terror is the suspense leading to the climax, not the
Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and Breaking Bad are three examples of hit shows in recent years which have main characters who while often true-to-life in their complexity and fascinating to watch, can be deeply depressing too, because they almost always seem to do the wrong thing. At it’s core, Stranger Things is a story with a lot of heart and soul - it’s about love, friendship and not giving up on those you care about ( when there are creepy government scientists lurking, and a creature with a toothed flower-bud for a face is trying to suck you into a parallel dimension!
Abstract:- Arthur Miller is one of the most successful and remarkable dramatists of the postwar era in America. His works not only throw lights on the middle class anxieties brought on by a society that emphasizes the hollow values of material success but also appeal to human hearts and minds universally. His other important works are ‘The Man Who Had all The Luck’(1944), ‘All My Sons’(1947), ‘The Crucible’(1953), ‘A View From The Bridge’(1955). He won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for ‘Death of a Salesman’. The present research paper is an sincere effort made to discuss the significance of the concept of Disillusionment and the Feeling of Certitude as tragic features in the play ‘Death of a Salesman’ written in 1949 by Arthur Miller, American dramatist.
Films are reflective of cultural values, with each genre representing a different facet. The Western genre is perhaps the most iconic; fueled by masculinity and valor, with smoking guns, dashing heroes, and wicked villains, watching these films is an exciting experience. Beneath their dramatic, riveting surface, is a compelling narrative form, upheld by numerous authors over the past hundreds of years. The basic form of the western involves a hero, a villain, and a woman. With the villain always as an amoral scoundrel and the rest of the cast as virtuous and noble citizens, their roles are clearly cut.
Despite his English upbringing, Alfred Hitchcock has become one of the biggest and best-known names in the history of American cinema. His knack for producing dramatic, psychological thrillers earned him the apt title of “Master of Suspense”. While his films were wildly popular upon their releases, one was a notable failure at the box office, only later to be deemed “Alfred Hitchcock’s Masterpiece”. In 1958, Paramount Pictures released Vertigo, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions’ latest thriller. Mysterious, suspenseful thrillers were not uncharted territory for Hitchcock—the plot twists and turns became synonymous with both director and genre.
As Norton states: “Far more than any other of Shakespeare’s villains, more than the homicidal Richard III, the treacherous Claudius in Hamlet, and the cold-hearted Iago in Othello, Macbeth is fully aware of the wickedness of his deeds and is tormented by this awareness. Endowed with a clear-eyed grasp of the differences between good and evil, he chooses evil, even though the choice horrifies and sickens him” (837). In 1.7, Macbeth exhaustively weighs the morality of his decision: “But in these cases, we still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice commends th’ ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our own lips” (1.7.7 – 12). Macbeth is clearly debating his choice – he is controlled by his own conscience, not a third
Othello was one of Shakespeare’s most famous play that during the 17th century was repeatedly play due to the diversity of race and controversial emotions. Moreover, is great example of how Shakespeare was able to impersonate the strength and weakness of humans. Othello is nonetheless an excellent illustration of emotions build his character throughout the story. As the story begins we see Othello is a well respected diplomatic who seems strong and modest. During act III, Iago’s poisonous feelings start to manipulate Othello actions, but is not until act IV that it completely takes over him and in epilogue V is when Othello loses all his senses of reasoning that makes him do an outrageous deed at the end of Othello.
The greatest directors always have some type of style or theme that the audience recognizes. One of these great directors is Tim Burton. Tim Burton’s films usually focus on outsiders who basically are trying to fit in the crazy world around them. Tim Burton’s films were influenced by Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Seuss, and Walt Disney, his films are characterized by terrorizing and dark. You can clearly see things in his films Edward Scissor Hands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice and Wonderland, that these outsiders are scared of change.
The essential character of America as a nation embraces so many good qualities, that makes the ideal American character be seen as a hero to the public, but within those qualities there are always contradictions that play a big role in almost any success story, that later produces this ideal American character. Highsmith's creation of Tom Ripley as the main character in the novel, makes one question the honesty and the dignity behind any example of the perfect American character, that we do admire and often sometimes look up to as mentor in life. Tom Ripley in the course of the novel, he lies, cheats, kills, yet most of us want him to succeed, and we applaud him every time he escapes justice, and these are the unspoken contradictions
Criticisms on The Crucible The drama The Crucible by Arthur Miller tells a story of lies and deceptions. It does a semi-comedic recap of the Salem Witch Trials that happened during colonial times. One critic, John Gassner, states that Miller is “the most ‘constructive’ of recent American playwrights, but has struggled manfully to create a theatre of positive values.” Gassner uses The Crucible to point out these struggles stating that it is a “heroic example” (Gassner). Another critic, Philip Hope-Wallace, claims that The Crucible was very highly esteemed in New York and America, but everywhere else in the world it was not. He claimed it to be “melodramatically ‘moving.’” and compared it the Shaw’s work about witch hunts, claiming that the scenes from Shaw’s work were “so human, wise and balanced that it cleave[d] the heart” (Hope-Wallace).
Satire is unforgiving; realism is all-forgiving; and David Williamson has always attempted to merge the two, portraying people as wicked but pardonable. The more you get to know the baseness of the motives of each character, the more empathy you are intended to feel for them, as you come to realise that all people, even ourselves, despite all actions, generally mean well. As far as it goes, the good guys aren’t very good and the bad guys always fall short of the true evilness which they, in theory, are capable of. Many of Williamson’s plays start out as toughly satirical but end up merging into roughly sentimental, with even his basest, most deviant characters always having a comfortable, revealing scene; Even his nicest characters will admit to unworthy thoughts and ignoble desires. This play is a classic comedy of manners, with an almost humanist reference point.
I completely agree with Lily that this was one of the funniest anecdote that we had read thus far. I think it shows another side of Stephen King because he is a dark horror and sci-fi writer, but reading about his life you see that he is also quite a comedian. In “On Writing” he has been able to make fun of his life and not take himself seriously, and you can sometimes see that he is reflecting on the memories and realizing in the moment of writing what they even meant. The anecdote that really stuck with me is when he talked about having both a drug addiction and being an alcoholic. The way that he described his conscious and unconscious realization that he was an addict was very interesting to read and see how his mind was working at that
Starting with the fact that the play is a third in a row of David Shane 's works. Then the inclination of the producer, Julian Marx who finds a wealthy gangster Nick as a investor in exchange of his gilrfriend (Olivia) playing the main role. Finally, the most important cause of the play succeding are the changes introduced to the script by Olivia 's bodyguard, who turns out to be incredibly talented in writing. In the end the thing that Shane was so hotly arguing against at the beggining, the interference of others in the script, turns out to be its saving grace. David Shane is not only a failure of a director, but also a failure inpersonal life, he neglects his wife while working on the play.
This includes movies, plays, television shows, and traditional stories. Movies are often enjoyed without ever analyzing and digesting the full plot. The plots of most modern entertainment has a major underlying story although most clearly identifiable racism is often ignored. For example, Sherlock Holmes is considered one of the most esteemed mystery and suspense stories in all of fiction. Although Sherlock Holmes is considered a charismatic and beloved character, he was unapologetically racist .