At Selznick’s insistence, the film faithfully adapts the plot of du Maurier’s novel Rebecca.
I just googled because I was wondering why it’s oddly slow-paced (for a Hitch movie).
It’s picking up now.
Selznick relished the post-production process; he personally edited the footage, laid in Franz Waxman’s score
I thought the music was really overbearing for a Hitchcock movie.
There’s a bunch of striking scenes here, but it’s like… at least… half an hour too long — scenes where nothing of interest is happening.
Are those the scenes that Selznick re-shot?
Hitchcock edited the film “in camera” (shooting only what he wanted to see in the final film) to restrict the producer’s power to re-edit the picture. But Selznick relished the post-production process; he personally edited the footage, laid in Franz Waxman’s score, and supervised retakes and extensive re-recording of the dialogue of Sanders, Bates and Fontaine. Rewrites and reshooting were called for after a rough cut was previewed on December 26, 1939.
Such beach cottage.
So much moustache.
Rebecca. Alfred Hitchcock. 1940. ⚂
This post is part of the Queer Cinema blog series.