Hitchcock on "Mystery" Versus "Suspense"

Can mystery be an effective storytelling tool?

What drives drama?

Rear WindowVertigoNorth by Northwest… The Master of Suspense shares his thoughts on the difference between “mystery” and “suspense” at an AFI Seminar in 1970.

Do you agree with Hitchcock? Is mystery “an intellectual process… [with] no emotion” that produces “completely wasted footage”? Or can it be an effective storytelling tool?

 Michael Koehler, with


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