How do you begin to reimagine a legendary piece of art? Do you want to update it to modern times? Do you think it can be improved upon after such critical success? Or do you simply want an older story to be told to a fresh audience? We examine all of this when host Andrew Morgan (@jokesondrew) talks with film critic Amy Smith (@FilmsWithAmy) of InSession Film & Film For Thought about the latest adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier best-seller, REBECCA, starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, & Kristin Scott Thomas and directed by Ben Wheatley.
The story of 'Rebecca' was previously brought to the big screen back in 1940 by Alfred Hitchcock when his version of the story won Best Picture at the 1941 Oscars and has been adapted for TV & the stage since that time. We discuss the differences between the novel, the Hitchcock version, & Wheatley's most recent take, as well as, whether the update to Mrs. de Winter's character arc makes her a stronger, potentially heroic woman.
PLOT: After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim's first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley's sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
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