Faye Dunaway did a splendid job as the flirtatious Mrs. Van Hopper. It is a shame that she did not have more screen time.
Whoever played the head butler was cast perfectly. I only wish that I caught his name.
Even though this is a 3 hour movie, it does not drag at all.. The viewing time goes by smoothly.
and the other difference is, in hitchcock's rebecca, maxim,played by deliciously handsome olivier, is no wife-killer and rebecca dies of cancer. but in this version, rebecca is strangled to death by maxim by overtly provoking him and the teen chic still adores him even he's a wife-murdering jerk. and here rebecca has her eyes and devilish mouth shown in maxim's recollections.
this is far from hitchcock for sure, besides it casts senile charles dance as the suave maxim du winters. and dance looks like aging grandpa in various scenes with the very minor-looking diane rigg. the love scenes are repulsively pedophilic and severely UNSEXY. it makes you wonder this girl must really have her brain fried and cooked to genuinely love this unattractive man.
before i saw this 1997 rebecca, when i thought of rebecca, i thought of gothic romance and gorgeously elegant laurence olivier, even when his character acts bitter and abrasive, you still pardon him due to some mystic smoldering air he emantes as if something haunts him into dysfunction like some un-solved puzzle awaiting you to resolve, an enchanting mystery. laurance olivier tends to lead you into evolving the character maxim...and joan fountain is equally wonderful, even her character is a plain jane lacklustered by the omnipotent rebecca, but there's some womanly yearning transpiring within her...but this 1997 version feels more like a morbid romance for a certain masochistic female reader. besides hitch takes away the grosteque part and encapsulates it with LAURENCE OLIVIER!
this could be a popular feminist discussion because the romance novel tends to brainwash meanwhile relieve its female reader into accepting the overpower of partriarchy, believing in the rewards gained by feminine virtues..stories like lowly social status young plain jane marries the grauchy much older rich gentleman, and the girl surrenders to the old man's sadistic manners and the obstacles of the man's ex-wife or love rivals, blah blah blah...the point is that even the man is old, unpleasant, and crippled and disfigured in the end, the woman maintains her "feminine virtues" and satisfied with his love even he's already no good and worthless to any other woman. plain jane's masochistic morbid romance to justify male violence on women. anyway, that's whole discussion is about...
although I quite liked Charles Dance...