Spielberg is known for heartwarming and rousing films, but he can operate on a Hitchcockian level of suspense and his ability to manipulate his audience and maintain a fever pitch of tension is really quite good.

This video essay is an examination of three important scenes in Steven Spielberg’s canon of great films. Each scene is a prime example of his ability to build suspense – quietly and patiently. Every example features a heroic character working delicately with their hands. The risks are different in each film: To catch a shark, to avoid the wrath of a spouse, and to perform an assassination.