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Literature: Rebecca

About Rebecca

THE BOOK

'Rebecca" is based on a Gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier published in 1938 about  an impetuous young woman who marries a wealthy English man and  arrives at her new husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death.

HITCHCOCK FILM

Rebecca is a 1940 American romantic psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was Hitchcock's first American project, and his first film under contract with producer David O. Selznick. The screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison, and adaptation by Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan, were based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.

The film stars Laurence Olivier as the brooding, aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife, with Judith Anderson, George Sanders and Gladys Cooper in supporting roles. The film is a gothic tale shot in black-and-white. Wikipedia

2020 FILM

Rebecca is a 2020 British romantic thriller film directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse. The film stars Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, and Sam Riley. 

The film was released in select theatres on 16 October 2020, and digitally on Netflix five days later. It received mixed reviews from critics, who compared the film unfavourably to the 1940 version directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Wikipedia

 

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