History Literature / Rebecca

16th Sep '16 4:39:46 AM EfficaciousPantheress
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* CounterpointDuet: "Mrs de Winter Bin Ich!" (Mrs de Winter am I!) is a duet between, as you might have guessed, the new Mrs de Winter and Mrs Danvers. The former is busy ridding the house of any traces of Rebecca about which Mrs Danvers is less than happy.


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** In the musical it's orchids for Rebecca. Mrs. Danvers comments that they may seem dead sometimes but can come to blossom unexpectedly. Interestingly, the new Mrs. de Winter later replaces them with azaleas.
20th Jul '16 12:55:05 AM jamespolk
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A 1938 novel written by Daphne du Maurier (who also wrote ''JamaicaInn'', and the story that became ''TheBirds''). In 1940, Creator/AlfredHitchcock directed the film version, his first American project, which won the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Picture. It was the only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture, and Hitchcock didn't win Best Director--he never did, in fact, and had to settle for a lifetime achievement Oscar late in life. A musical version debuted in Vienna, Austria in 2006.

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A 1938 novel written by Daphne du Maurier (who also wrote ''JamaicaInn'', and the story that became ''TheBirds''). In 1940, Creator/AlfredHitchcock directed the film version, his first American project, which starred Creator/JoanFontaine and Creator/LaurenceOlivier. It won the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Picture. It was the only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture, and Hitchcock didn't win Best Director--he never did, in fact, and had to settle for a lifetime achievement Oscar late in life. A musical version debuted in Vienna, Austria in 2006.
14th Jun '16 8:44:27 PM Wickedcoolghost
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The first signs of trouble in Paradise appear when they arrive at his elegant old country estate, Manderley. The servants have grown too fond of its late mistress and receive their new one coolly. Mrs. Danvers, the current housekeeper and Rebecca's former nurse, is especially less than thrilled with the prospect of anyone taking Rebecca's place, and has made something of a fetish of keeping her darling's things exactly as she left them -- stationery in the desk, clothes in the cupboards -- all monogrammed with that bold, decisive initial ''R''.

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The first signs of trouble in Paradise appear when they arrive at his elegant old country estate, Manderley. The servants have grown too fond of its late mistress and receive their new one coolly. Mrs. Danvers, the current housekeeper and Rebecca's former nurse, handmaid, is especially less than thrilled with the prospect of anyone taking Rebecca's place, and has made something of a fetish of keeping her darling's things exactly as she left them -- stationery in the desk, clothes in the cupboards -- all monogrammed with that bold, decisive initial ''R''.
14th Jun '16 8:42:30 PM Wickedcoolghost
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A 1938 novel written by Daphne du Maurier (who also wrote the story that became ''TheBirds''). In 1940, Creator/AlfredHitchcock directed the film version, his first American project, which won the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Picture. It was the only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture, and Hitchcock didn't win Best Director--he never did, in fact, and had to settle for a lifetime achievement Oscar late in life. A musical version debuted in Vienna, Austria in 2006.

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A 1938 novel written by Daphne du Maurier (who also wrote ''JamaicaInn'', and the story that became ''TheBirds''). In 1940, Creator/AlfredHitchcock directed the film version, his first American project, which won the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Picture. It was the only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture, and Hitchcock didn't win Best Director--he never did, in fact, and had to settle for a lifetime achievement Oscar late in life. A musical version debuted in Vienna, Austria in 2006.
31st May '16 9:53:47 AM yisfidri
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The musical portrays the second Mrs. de Winter much more sympathetically and heroically after TheReveal - her desire to help Maxim seems far less psychotic. She's also portrayed as becoming a confident woman that doesn't take Mrs. Danvers's bullying any longer so that the audience can root for her. She and Maxim [[spoiler: are seen as very happy together and kiss at the end]], which is much clearer than the ambiguous future of their relationship in the novel.
** The Hitchcock film does this to Maxim by [[spoiler:eliminating his murder of Rebecca, by necessity of the Hays Code.]] By extension, this removes the potentially psychotic element from [[spoiler:his wife's decision to help him]] as described above.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Both the Hitchcock film and the musical do this to Maxim by [[spoiler:eliminating his murder of Rebecca, the former by necessity of the Hays Code.]] By extension, this removes the potentially psychotic element from [[spoiler:his wife's decision to help him,]] helping to make her more sympathetic and heroic after TheReveal. The musical in particular portrays the second Mrs. de Winter much more sympathetically and heroically after TheReveal - her desire to help Maxim seems far less psychotic. She's also portrayed as becoming a confident woman that doesn't take Mrs. Danvers's bullying any longer so that the audience can root for her. She and Maxim [[spoiler: are seen as very happy together and kiss at the end]], which is much clearer than the ambiguous future of their relationship in the novel.
** The Hitchcock film does this to Maxim by [[spoiler:eliminating his murder of Rebecca, by necessity of the Hays Code.]] By extension, this removes the potentially psychotic element from [[spoiler:his wife's decision to help him]] as described above.
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18th Apr '16 9:59:44 AM MasoTey
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* GrandeDame: Edythe van Hopper, who passes over into RichBitch territory; Beatrice, who is on the more intelligent and sympathetic end of the scale. Also Lady Crowen, who is rather ridiculous. Maxim's grandmother was one before becoming senile.

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* GrandeDame: GrandeDame:
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Edythe van Hopper, who passes over into RichBitch territory; territory.
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Beatrice, who is on the more intelligent and sympathetic end of the scale. Also scale.
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Lady Crowen, who is rather ridiculous. ridiculous.
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Maxim's grandmother was one before becoming senile.



* HappyMarriageCharade: Maxim and Rebecca; they are thought to be a glorious couple even by the house servants, and neighbours for miles around speak of them, but their marriage is anything but. It is hinted that the same is true for Beatrice and Giles.

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* HappyMarriageCharade: HappyMarriageCharade:
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Maxim and Rebecca; they are thought to be a glorious couple even by the house servants, and neighbours for miles around speak of them, but their marriage is anything but. but.
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It is hinted that the same is true for Beatrice and Giles.
18th Apr '16 9:54:30 AM MasoTey
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* AlphaBitch: Mrs. Danvers pulls a lot of the tactics despite being too old to qualify. Alice one of the maids that sneers at the narrator's modest and plain underwear fits better. Rebecca to the people she was openly nasty to.

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* AlphaBitch: AlphaBitch:
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Mrs. Danvers pulls a lot of the tactics tactics, despite being too old to qualify. Alice qualify.
** Alice,
one of the maids that maids, who sneers at the narrator's modest and plain underwear fits better. better.
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Rebecca to the people she was openly nasty to.
18th Mar '16 4:55:42 PM eroock
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* CreepyHouseKeeper: Mrs. Danvers. She is creepy in herself, with a deathlike appearance, and in her devotion to the memory of Rebecca such that she doesn't wash the clothes of Rebecca's scent and goes to her room every day.

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* CreepyHouseKeeper: CreepyHousekeeper: Mrs. Danvers. She is creepy in herself, with a deathlike appearance, and in her devotion to the memory of Rebecca such that she doesn't wash the clothes of Rebecca's scent and goes to her room every day.
18th Mar '16 4:51:29 PM eroock
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->"''Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.''"
--> --'''The Second Mrs. de Winter,''' her opening narration from both film and novel.

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night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.''"
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-->-- '''The
Second Mrs. de Winter,''' her opening narration from both film and novel.
13th Feb '16 11:49:33 AM WildeOscar
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*RomanticizedAbuse: (verbal) Maxim calls the heroine "fool" and "idiot" pretty frequently.
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