‘The way she listened was more eloquent than speech.’
Having two female leads set up as each others ‘perfect’ opposites is such an exhausting/exhausted trope and the way they went about achieving it in this film made it even worse. Just because Deborah (my best girl!) is supposed to be Ava’s antithesis doesn’t mean you have to make a 26 year old look super matronly!!
And it’s also interesting to see how American studio-heads and creatives viewed Deborah at the time this film was made. The way she’s framed…
‘If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale.‘
Hazy and dreamlike, Hitchcock’s preeminent melodrama, ‘Rebecca’, might be his most impressive work to date.
The film perfectly captures the tangled relationships and their subsequent consequences featured in Du Maurier‘s novel, this coupled with the directors extraordinary use of lighting truly make it a film worth watching.
Judith Anderson’s startling portrayal of Mrs Danvers’ is superbly unnerving…