An excellent movie. Particularly the explanation the young Mrs De Winter gives as she dreams of Manderley again. For all you Hitchcock lovers out there
No scenery chewing here. Image: IMDb
Director Alfred Hitchcock was famous for “storyboarding” a movie before filming it.
He would meticulously plan camera shots and final edits, filling his shooting script with drawings. (“A traveling artist’s sketch pad,” one reporter quipped.¹)
In his book, Hitchcock & Selznick, film historian Leonard J. Leff explores Hitchock’s filmography and cinematic style.
“He invariably caught a scene’s emotional tone in his imagery,” he writes. “Part of the effect relied on scale, part on juxtaposition. … [L]ong shots followed by close-ups – or vice versa – accentuated one another and lent vitality to a film; furthermore, cutting from a full shot to a small ‘thing’ endowed an object with great power or menace.”²
An excellent example of these visual polarities is the 1940 gothic thriller, Rebecca.
The film, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, is about a young, naïve girl…
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