suspense

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apprehension about what is going to happen

an uncertain cognitive state

excited anticipation of an approaching climax

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Despite the lack of blood on the floor, hidden corpses, overt conflict or dramatic tension, this commentator, for one, doesn't think for a moment the production is over.
Ravel's Sonata, with it's extraordinary Blues section and Perpetual Motion is modern and catchy, full of admirable virtuoso writing, while the Tzigane contains dramatic tension and feverishness building to a great finale.
They consider dramatic interpretations, dramatic tension, tonal drama, motivic organization, and tonal and formal anomalies in them.
If you can't get by without the dramatic tension of the wild-eyed freakshow, 'Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter' is a design for living.
As the hero Kama goes after the possible man of his dreams, there is a nice dramatic tension before a satisfying, though slightly obvious, conclusion.
Adapted from Robert B Parker's novel of the same name, Appaloosa ambles through similar dramatic terrain to Clint Eastwood's Oscarwinning Unforgiven, only with a sappy love story supplanting the internal conflict and dissipating any dramatic tension.
Brighton Beach Memoirs" balances its warm, rich humor and dramatic tension with a juggler's finesse.
But it's still too frothy by half, and with hardly any dramatic tension and a lead performance that rarely plays genuine, the balance remains stubbornly off.
There is an ambiguity to these gestures, however, and this is the critical element that creates dramatic tension.
How Uhtred comes to champion Arthur's almost hopeless cause provides the book's substantial dramatic tension.
The startling success of the spelling bee genre might be explained by the "cuteness" appeal of its preadolescent contestants or the dramatic tension of the winner-take-all competition.
Surely, in so serene a piece as the Prelude, this approach works perfectly well; but in something like the closing moments of La Mer, where the sea swells up and dances a literal storm, one senses little of the dramatic tension, the excitement and fervor, of the moment.
Stengers and Van Neck open their volume with the crisis in full swing to play up the dramatic tension and then return to the origin of the great terror before following its progression until today.
The film takes itself too seriously as it tries to lay out all sides of the case, resulting in a lack of dramatic tension in what was in reality a gripping - and certainly not black-and-white - story.
With only the slightest hint at dramatic tension, the stories meander along as a series of vignettes built around the theme of father-daughter relationships, or in the case of Loren's character, the dynamics of an abandoned child (Wendy Crewson) and her mother who meet briefly at a book signing.