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This novel is probably so well known that there is no need to give a resumè of the story. I think this is a very attractive film adaptation of Daphne du Mauriers " Rebecca", with a fairy tale Manderley,gloriously framed in rhododendrons when first seen, and very good characters, the sinister sea being almost a character too.
Charles Dance is an attractive Maxim de Winter, though there is less mystery in this portrayal than the 16th century character the Second Mrs. de Winter ( we are never told her first name ) sees in him in the novel. Emilia Fox is a refreshing and more modern Second Mrs. de Winter than in Hitchcocks 1940 version, where she is perhaps portrayedd closer to the book - and Diana Rigg is interesting as Mrs. Danvers - fanatic in her adoration of the dead Rebecca.. Faye Dunaway as Mrs. van Hopper is a surprise - glamorous, as opposed to the character in Hitchcocks version, slightly vulgar, and pathetic. This character is more wholeheartedly unattractive in the novel.
Rebecca herself isnot entirely believable, I think. She is shown from the back, or we see only her eyes or only her mouth.The eyes are good, but on the whole it is difficult to understand that this person could have such a hold on her surroundings..
Nevertheless, I think the film stands time well, nd can be enjoyed more than once.