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After all the theatrics, little has changed in N. Korean drama

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In differentiating "suspense" from a "surprise" element in a movie, director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) once cited a scene where two men are having a chat, when a bomb explodes suddenly and jolts the audience.

That, he explained, is surprise, and not suspense, according to “Hitchcock/Truffaut," a book about Hitchcock by French film director Francois Truffaut (1932-1984).

But the same scene can become suspenseful, Hitchcock went on, if the audience knows there is a ticking time bomb placed there. The audience would be........

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