"Butterfly Dream" in the movie book

Providenci 2022-04-22 07:01:08

film noir
8.6
[US] James Naleymore / 2020 / China Academy of Art Press

Film Noir pays an indirect tribute to these and films like them, and provides a broad and brief discussion of American film noir from 1941 to the present. Given the breadth of the subject and the span of time spanned so long, I inevitably have to overlook some important names. For example, I decided to place influential directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles on the relatively fringes of this study, whom I've written about elsewhere - despite the fact that The burning "R" at the end of The Butterfly Dream (Rebecca, 1940) echoes the burning "Rosebud" at the end of Citizen Kane; Hollywood in the 1940s was extremely important. However, I explore those European and British films that influenced Hollywood, with a heavy focus on the French intellectual context in which the concept of "film noir" is first articulated. I'll also nominate some overlooked films as noir, or at least question their absence from previous discourses, and use some space to discuss elements of noir in other mediums.

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Rebecca quotes

  • Mrs. Danvers: [as the second Mrs. de Winter runs into the room] I watched you go down just as I watched her a year ago. Even in the same dress you couldn't compare.

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: You knew it! You knew that she wore it, and yet you deliberately suggested I wear it. Why do you hate me? What have I done to you that you should ever hate me so?

    Mrs. Danvers: You tried to take her place. You let him marry you. I've seen his face - his eyes. They're the same as those first weeks after she died. I used to listen to him, walking up and down, up and down, all night long, night after night, thinking of her, suffering torture because he lost her!

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: [turning away in shame and shock] I don't want to know, I don't want to know!

    Mrs. Danvers: [moving towards her] You thought you could be Mrs. de Winter, live in her house, walk in her steps, take the things that were hers! But she's too strong for you. You can't fight her - no one ever got the better of her. Never, never. She was beaten in the end, but it wasn't a man, it wasn't a woman. It was the sea!

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: [collapsing in tears on the bed] Oh, stop it! Stop it! Oh, stop it!

    Mrs. Danvers: [opening the shutters] You're overwrought, madam. I've opened a window for you. A little air will do you good.

    [as the second Mrs. de Winter gets up and walks toward the window]

    Mrs. Danvers: Why don't you go? Why don't you leave Manderley? He doesn't need you... he's got his memories. He doesn't love you, he wants to be alone again with her. You've nothing to stay for. You've nothing to live for really, have you?

    [softly, almost hypnotically]

    Mrs. Danvers: Look down there. It's easy, isn't it? Why don't you? Why don't you? Go on. Go on. Don't be afraid...

  • Mrs. Danvers: She knew everyone that mattered. Everyone loved her.

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