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Suspense!

Suspense!

Desperate men drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over creaking bridges and through winding mountain passages. A man who knows too much about a political murder races against time to save a woman from an assassin’s clutches. A fragile woman trapped alone in an apartment over one long weekend slowly succumbs to madness as her demons close in on her. A man pursued for a murder he didn’t commit stumbles upon a shadowy conspiracy. These nerve-racking scenarios are the bases of standout thrillers by some of cinema’s greatest suspense artists: Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear), Brian De Palma (Blow Out), Roman Polanski (Repulsion), and, of course, Alfred Hitchcock (The 39 Steps). And those are just a few of the hair-raisers available in the Criterion Collection, which also includes titles by David Cronenberg, Fritz Lang, David Mamet, Carol Reed, and more.