The main two characters kiss three times throughout the film but all are very short. A man refers to making “violent love” to a woman.

The dialogue mentions (but doesn’t show) adultery, illegitimate preganancy and a history of incest (between cousins). Very subtlely implied a man’s dead first wife was a sexual predator.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Rebecca was Hitchcock’s first film in Hollywood. Still full of horror and suspense. Rebecca never shows up in the whole movie (except for one in her portrait on the roof), but her shadow always covers the whole manderley estate. Everything about Rebecca in the cabin by the sea; And pillow towels, quilts, bed sheets and various notepads embroidered with “R” in manderley manor; Even the handkerchief used by Mr. de winter reminds us all the time that Rebecca once lived here and still has her shadow. An important role in the film,

Mr. Danvers, the housekeeper of manderley manor. She always appears suddenly, but we never see where she comes from; When she speaks, we can clearly see her expressionless oil painting face through her medium close up. Tracking shot keeps the composition of the whole picture basically unchanged, so that her face is always in the middle of the picture,

bringing a kind of approaching pressure step by step. All these add to the horror and tension of the whole film. In addition, Hitchcock is good at using details to express the identity of characters and the relationship between people. For example, when the young heroine walks, she always slightly nods her chest, and her embarrassed hands often don’t seem to know where to put them. It is quite different from the female employer who always holds her head high and pearls around her. For another example, when the heroine was driving with Mr. de winter, the little details of biting her nails made us feel that she was a naive and secular young woman. For another example, when we look at the relationship between Mrs. Danvers and the heroine, they walk together. As a servant, Mrs. Danvers walks behind, but in the middle of the aisle. The heroine walks in front of the wall and turns back from time to time. Mrs. Danvers walked steadily with her head held high, while the heroine had a disordered pace with her chin and chest and skirt. As an audience, we can clearly feel the pressure Mrs. Danvers brings to the heroine.

But these are not the points I want to elaborate. I want to focus on the description of the seemingly naive but somewhat mysterious black Cocker dog Jasper. In this film, Jasper is an important element to promote the development of the story. Its first appearance was when the heroine just came to manderley manor. The housekeeper Mrs. Danvers introduced her expressionless. This is the room where Rebecca once lived. We saw a closed door, as if to tell us that this is a forbidden area. If the door is wide open and we can have a panoramic view of the whole room, its mystery will not exist, and our audience and heroine will not come to this room again with strong curiosity in the next film. Jasper lay calmly in front of the door, which not only made the audience feel a trace of cold, but also implied that everything was still in calm swaddling clothes. The camera moves forward, but instead of using zoom lens, it uses tracking shot. Tracking shot gives the audience a feeling of POV, but Mrs. Danvers and Mrs. dewinter have left. Whose POV is this? Plus Jasper suddenly raised his head, as if he saw this nonexistent “person”. The tension increased again.

Jasper’s second appearance was in the morning room. This time I didn’t focus on the dog. The morning room is full of Rebecca. A big “R” on the Notepad; Stacks of letters in the drawer; The emergence of Mrs. danves; And the phone that asked “Mrs. de winter” for instructions; Everything suggests to us that this room belongs to Rebecca. Jasper only appears as an ornament in this scene, but we may have a little feeling in our hearts. It seems that this dog always appears where there is a strong smell of Rebecca. It seems to have a countless relationship with Rebecca. Its existence is to bring us into Rebecca’s world step by step and solve the mystery left by Rebecca step by step. In this scene, Jasper saw the heroine enter the room and left, clearly showing Jasper’s resistance to the second Mrs. de winter.

The plot continues to develop. Jasper disrupted Mr. & Mrs. de winter’s usual walk. As if someone was calling, Jasper ran straight to the beach without looking back. We followed Jasper with Mrs. de winter. The strange man “Ben” met in that small broken house, his enigmatic words “I know the dog, he comes from that house”. In that small shabby room, we saw all kinds of objects left by Rebecca. At the end of the film, it also reveals to us that this is the place where Rebecca stayed for a long time and finally died. This scene once again strengthens the implicit connection between Jasper and Rebecca. The audience will have an association: Jasper was Rebecca’s dog. I also vaguely feel that Jasper has Rebecca’s shadow.

Then Rebecca’s cousin, Mr. favell, appeared. Jasper saw Mr. favell’s excited and intimate performance. Through the foreshadowing of Jasper’s connection with Rebecca, we can see from our analysis of this scene that this cousin has an unusual relationship with Rebecca.

Finally, towards the end of the film, we saw Jasper again. Mr. de winter was finally proved innocent from Rebecca’s incident and rushed back to manderley. Meanwhile, Mrs. de winter sat on the sofa waiting for her husband, while Jasper lay on her lap. Rebecca’s cause of death came to light, and Jasper fully accepted the second Mrs. de winter. When Mrs. Danvers raised the fire and approached Mrs. de winter, Mrs. de winter was sleeping, but Jasper noticed the movement and raised his head. Finally, Mrs. de winter led Jasper to the lawn safely. The film does not explain how Mrs. de winter detected the fire and left successfully. I think a more reasonable explanation is that Jasper woke her up so that she could escape in time. If we regard Jasper as Rebecca’s shadow, perhaps the scene in which the director wants to save Mrs. de winter through Jasper emphasizes that Rebecca also has a kind nature. As we learned from Dr. Baker’s perspective, Rebecca is the same.

 

Finally, why did Hitchcock choose the black Cocker dog as such an important role? I think, first, dogs are loyal, especially Cocker dogs. Therefore, we can fully “trust” that the shadow of Rebecca seen in Jasper is the real Rebecca. Second, the Cocker Spaniel belongs to the hound. The hound naturally likes to search everywhere, so the audience follows Jasper slowly into the Rebecca puzzle with all kinds of curiosity about Rebecca, constantly exploring, and finally the truth comes out. Third, black. It happens that Mrs. Danvers in the film is also dark from beginning to end. Both of them are infinitely loyal to Rebecca and constantly guide us to Rebecca’s world after Rebecca’s death. We can see how similar they are. The difference is that until the last act, Mrs. Danvers refused to accept the second Mrs. de winter, while Jasper accepted her. We can prove it by Jasper sleeping quietly on her lap.

 

 

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