A marionette is a small puppet manipulated by an unseen operator who usually speaks the dialogue during a performance. Marionettes were known in Greece in 5 BCE and were the most popular form of entertainment in Europe in the Middle Ages. Marionette shows flourished in England after theaters were outlawed by Puritans, and great writers and composers like Goethe and Mozart wrote for them. What is "supermarionation"?
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Alfred Hitchcock's films utilize suspense rather than surprise. Instead of assaulting the viewer with frightening things, Hitchcock builds tension by giving the audience information that the characters in the film lack. In several films, he aligns the audience's perspective with that of a voyeuristic character, thereby denying the viewer a morally unambiguous perspective from which to judge the action. In the cameo appearances that he made in many of his films, he is often seen carrying what?
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Frederick the Great was the Hohenzollern King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 and is regarded as one of the "enlightened despots" of 18th century Europe. He was highly educated and built his government as a model of efficiency, creating the first modern bureaucracy. Frederick was also an excellent military commander and tactician under whose leadership Prussia became a recognized power in Europe. He engaged in a long correspondence with Voltaire, who referred to Frederick as what?