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Master of Suspense: Hitchcock on the Box

from The Paley Center for Media

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

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60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English Media Studies

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Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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The Paley Center for Media

New York, NY
United States

Videoconferencing with the Paley Center for Media (Formerly The Museum of Television & Radio), allows you and your students, access to the Center's archive of over 140,000 television and radio programs. These television and radio programs act as a window to the past and present, illuminating significant events in our nation's history and culture. The collection begins with the earliest recorded days of television and radio and runs to the present. Programs are available to the public at the Center's locations in New York and Los Angeles and to classrooms throughout the country and via the Education Department's videoconferencing program.

Caroline Quigley

Program Details


Through viewing and discussing a series of clips from Hitchcock's television work, students will develop an understanding of Hitchcock's style, use of camera angles, twist endings, and the difference between suspense and surprise. Clips include the trailer for "Psycho" and two edited episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents": Bang You're Dead and The Man From the South.


- be exposed to the works of Alfred Hitchcock
- engage in a discussion about suspense as a genre
- view and understand Hitchcock's use of camera angles and ordinary objects to heighten suspense

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Fine Arts Standards
NA-VA.5-8.3 CHOOSING AND EVALUATING A RANGE OF SUBJECT MATTER, SYMBOLS, AND IDEAS. Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks. Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

NA-VA.9-12.2 USING KNOWLEDGE OF STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS. Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art. Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions. Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems.

Language Arts Standards
NL-ENG.K-12.3 EVALUATION STRATEGIES. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).