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Something More from Daphne Du Maurier


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My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca are not the last word in the Gothic romance novels of Daphne Du Maurier adapted to the screen. Tonight from NetFlix we streamed the 2012 feature-length British ITV remake of The Scapegoat, formerly brought to the screen with Bette Davis and Alec Guiness in 1959 by Robert Hamer. Strikingly, most everyone commenting at IMDb agrees that for once, the remake is altogether so good if not even more spectacular than the original.


Rarely, outside the 'magical realism' of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez, does one find a plot so intricately, flawlessly and one even might say, 'luminously' wrought as becomes slowly, but ever increasingly evident, in this remarkably unusual motion picture.


So if you can appreciate it, as did I, you may just sit there in awe, to admire the stunning perfection of it. Also, keeping the original film in mind, it's clear that the talents of director/screenwriter Charles Sturridge (as it was with Hitchcock in Rebecca) had no small part in producing what seems so impossibly but magically real in this picture.

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