ABSTRACT

The struggle between the two men over the script of Rebecca was clearly the result of a disagreement about the extent to which it should adhere to the feminine discourse of du Maurier's Gothic novel. Rebecca is the story of a woman's maturation, a woman who must come to terms with a powerful father figure and assorted mother substitutes. In Rebecca, however, the sexual woman is never seen, although her presence is strongly evoked throughout the film, and so it is impossible for any man to gain control over her in the usual classical narrative fashion. Despite the fact that producers of 'women's films' expected to attract a large female audience, it seems reasonable to suppose that these films were by no means attended exclusively by women. That Rebecca was a milestone in Hitchcock's work was actually pointed out by Truffaut: The experience had repercussions on the films that came later.