"As we report in a story in Tuesday's Times, the movie business is in a bind. Executives and filmmakers sense an opportunity -- the Bin Laden killing is one of the few post-9/11 military tales with a satisfying conclusion for American audiences. But it's also tough to make a story suspenseful when everyone on the planet knows how it ends." — LA Times
May 4, 2011
The fine art of suspense, botched — again
This is one of the great idées reçues, an all-time zombie misconception that simply refuses to die: the idea that suspense consists of not knowing the outcome of events. Au contraire, said Hitchcock. That is merely surprise. Suspense consists of letting an audience know precisely what is about to happen and then making them wait for it.