Tuesday, September 08, 2020

"Rebecca" on Netflix

"Rebecca" is the new Brit-produced romantic thriller directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse, based on the 1938 novel of the same name by author Daphne du Maurier, starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Goodman-Hill, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley and Ann Dowd, opening in theaters October 21, 2020:

Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 feature adaptation, winner of two Oscars, starred Laurence Olivier as the aristocratic widower 'Maxim de Winter', Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as psychotic housekeeper, 'Mrs. Danvers'.

" 'Rebecca', the heroine (Fontaine) is a paid companion to the wealthy but obnoxious 'Edythe Van Hopper' (Florence Bates), when she meets widower 'Maximilian de Winter' (Olivier) in Monte Carlo. They fall in love, and within two weeks they are married.

"Maxim takes his new bride to 'Manderley', his country house in Cornwall, England. The housekeeper, 'Mrs. Danvers' (Judith Anderson), is domineering and cold, and is obsessed with the great beauty, intelligence and sophistication of the first 'Mrs. de Winter', aka 'Rebecca', preserving her former bedroom as a shrine.

"The new Mrs. de Winter is intimidated by her responsibilities and begins to doubt her relationship with her husband, with the continuous reminders of Rebecca and the bizarre attitude of Mrs. Danvers overwhelming her..."

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