Rebecca – Lost in Adaptation

Murder becomes manslaughter, mothers become evil lesbians and an abundance of Britishness becomes… well no they nailed that. The Dom reviews the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s best seller: Rebecca.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

8 comments

  1. Maybe the Dom could do an L.I.A for “Murder on the Orient Express” book and 1970s film. What with the new movie coming in November

  2. I’ve never heard of this book or this movie but they sound very interesting. Plus, the 40’s and 50’s are two of my favorite time periods.

  3. caffeinatedkate

    Yeah, I found this one a bit of a disturbing read, painfully naive woman married to complete arsehole who she’s hopelessly in love with for reasons that are never clear and stays with him at the end even after finding out he’s a murderer and even after growing a spine. What’s worse is she’s only got his word for it that Rebecca was such a terrible person, for all we know he’s lying and she could be his next victim. And on top of that, the housekeeper is out for her blood. Creepy.

    P.S. Shagging your cousin has always been legal in the UK and still is, you’re thinking of America. 😉

  4. It was (and is) perfectly legal to marry your First Cousin in the UK – it’s what Queen Victoria (for example) did. Pretty sure it’s legal in the US, too (especially in communities where “marrying out” is frowned on/banned, eg. the Amish or Orthodox Jews). You (or I) might think it squicky, but it is legal.

    But you fail being English: “Gloucestershire lose by 13 wickets” – what kind of barstardised form of cricket are YOU playing? You can’t lose by more than 10 wickets (well, a greater margin of victory would be “An innings and X runs”, but never “13 wickets”). Write 100 lines saying, “I must be more English” while whistling God Save the Queen!

  5. Much as I despise censorship, I have to admit that was one of those rare cases where it feels like the PCA restrictions actually made for a better story. By having Maxim only striking only guilty of manslaughter at most, he seems more sympathetic in the way he’s been manipulated while still paying the price for his incredible poor choices. This is especially true near the end when he confessions to his brother why knows at last why Rebecca wanted him to kill her. Makes him seem more like a pathetic sap than a raging control freak. This in turns mades his wife seem stronger for standing up for him.

  6. I’ll be honest, compared to every other British person I watch, you seem pretty American a lot of the time.

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