Abstract of Rebecca


This film of was created by Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in 1940. This film is based off of the novel, Rebecca, by Daphne de Maurier. De Maurier wrote a very progressive and radical novel inferring to homosexual relations between two women, Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers; as well as Mr. de Winter’s secret of his inability to be intimate with his wife being of his sexual orientation. David O. Selznick, the producer,¬† wanted to keep their film adaptation of the novel as close to the original story as possible; making the film very sexual and progressive for the time frame. Hitchcock did not want to direct the film like the novel, he believed his films were better when he deviated from the original story. However, he had to listen to Selznick’s input on the film because Hitchcock was under contract with him. After¬†Rebecca was released, people claimed it was not a “Hitchcock picture”. It did not have any of his crude sense of humor or many of his motifs that appear in other Hitchcock films. My paper is on Hitchcock’s relationship with David O. Selznick as well as their adaption of the film and the sexual and progressive tendencies taken from the original story.

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