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  1. My Cousin Rachel (2017)

    Okay. Why am I just finding out about this now? Du Maurier's novel is one of my three favorite books, so naturally I'm very excited/nervous to see what is done with this. Weisz is a great choice for Rachel, but nothing in Michell's filmography fills me with confidence that he's the right director, but at the same time, none of his previous films suggest he would be a bad choice. International trailer here. The American one has some spoilers, and is basically a two minute summary of the book, minus the ending, but it's worth watching if you want to see how vastly different a tone it takes. Part of the novel's brilliance is the way it strikes a balance between the genre and tone of the two trailers.
  2. I've been a huge fan of Daphne du Maurier's writing for many years now, and I was curious if there were any other fans of her here. My favorite aspect of her writing is the compelling atmospheres she creates in all of her stories (sort of like Jane Austen crossed with Edgar Allan Poe - that's the best description I can think of) as her often flawed yet always believable and compelling characters try to navigate a world in which something is not right. Her best known novel is easily Rebecca (basis for the Hitchcock film), and deservedly so. If you've never read any of her writing, I'd probably start there. The film is a pretty faithful adaptation, barring a couple changes to the third act to get around the production code, although the omniscient perspective of the film makes it slightly less effective than the book. Rebecca has also been compared to Gone Girl, which is not illogical, but I think the linked review could make a more convincing comparison than it does. My favorite du Maurier novel is easily My Cousin Rachel, which has a fantastic build to its climax, all the time making the reader as unsure as the narrator as to what is happening, as it simultaneously makes the reader question whether the narrator is trustworthy in his account. The King's General is a fantastic piece of historical fiction. Flight of the Falcon is a great mystery, especially if you want something a little less dark. She also wrote many short stories, including The Birds and Don't Look Now, both of which were the basis for the Hitchcock and Roeg film adaptations. I might cite the film of Don't Look Now as one of the rare examples of a movie improving on excellent source material. As much as I like Hitchcock's The Birds, du Maurier's story surpasses it terms of creating a sensation of dread and helplessness, and with its efficient streamlined storytelling, it packs an even bigger wallop of creepiness than the film. So, has anyone here read any of her writing?
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