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Rebecca: The Making of a Hollywood Classic Paperback – September 23, 2013
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This is an amazingly encompassing book about the classic film "Rebecca". The author really pulled together all of the most interesting information to help us understand how this film came about. I am a huge fan of the movie so I had to read this book.
Wells starts out mentioning a lot of major players in the film. And all the woman behind the men in the film. It was very interesting that even back then, woman were running the show. At least that is how I read it.
The producer of "Rebecca", David O. Selznick, was instrumental in bringing the director, Alfred Hitchcock, to America to work on this film. In fact, Selznick was instrumental in getting a lot of movies produced at that time and pulling a lot of leading ladies from other studios to come work for him. His behind the scenes work and attention to the tiniest of details was amazing to read about. He was also responsible for some of the most iconic pictures of all time including Gone With The Wind, A Star Is Born, and Duel In The Sun.
The thing I found the most interesting is the book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, has never been out of print since its publication in 1938. That is pretty amazing.
The book explains how hard Selznick was to work with and sites many examples of this. In fact when asked, Hitchcock's daughter remembers that this was her father's favorite film but Hitchcock would say differently. Selznick was known for his obsessive memo writing. The most fascinating fact is from his memos dictated from 1916 when he was 14, to 1965 when he died,
he dictated enough memos to fill 2,000 file boxes.Read more ›
Jennifer Wells charts the engaging story from genesis, writing, casting and filming of du Maurier's much loved classic.
The prose is crisp and fluid, as we are introduced to all the major players, with special emphasis on the contenders for the pivotal roles of Maxim de Winter and the second Mrs. de Winter, famously played by Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.
What happened next on the set is the stuff of Hollywood legends, which Wells recounts with lucid and engaging details. Olivier, smarting from the rejection of his then wife Vivien Leigh in the central role, bitterly complained to Hitchcock about Fontaine's casting and urged the portly director to get rid of her. Hitchcock remained steadfast to Fontaine, but not without psychologically manipulating the young actress into believing that the cast and crew disliked her.Read more ›
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Being a big fan of film noir, Rebecca stands out among those oldie goldie movies that to this day haunts me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by B Seawright