How Doubt Works the Tension in the Room

In this video essay, austinmcconnell takes a closer look at a scene from the 2008 film Doubt, based on a stage play by John Patrick Stanley. Taking us step by step through the final confrontation between Meryl Steep and Philip Seymour Hoffman—the film’s climax—he illustrates how the writing, directing and acting are all structured around one principle: building tension.



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Building Tension & Suspense

Philip Seymour Hoffman