Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

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Grades 7–12

Class Description

Alfred Hitchcock enlivened the suspense genre with tongue-in-cheek introductions, macabre humor, and twist endings. In this workshop students analyze Hitchcock's use of the ordinary to create exciting, even frightening, television drama.

All classes are interactive, with guided discussion designed to encourage active observation and critical thinking.



As a group, provide definitions for the following words and concepts, which will be referenced during the class.

SUSPENSE: the state of being suspended; mental uncertainty; anxiety; pleasant excitement as to a decision or outcome; the state or character of being undecided or doubtful

FORESHADOW: to represent, indicate, or typify beforehand

MACABRE: having death as a subject ; dwelling on the gruesome; tending to produce horror in a beholder

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