Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Hitchcock's film version of Daphne du Maurier's acclaimed gothic novel 'Rebecca' is wonderful. Rebecca de Winter is dead, but she is still very present throughout the story. The name of her sailboat -- Je Reviens-- is very fitting one as Rebecca keeps coming back. The Joan Fontaine character, (we never know her first name) is the new Mrs. de Winter but is so intimidated by the first Mrs. de Winter, she can't function properly and is filled with self doubt and dread. The frighteningly creepy maid, Mrs. Danvers, is always eager to make things worse:

Mrs. Danvers: "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 !"

I am wearing Je Reviens EdT as I type this post. Light yet spicy, with the carnation note that I love. It reminds me of the way you feel being in a warm cozy place on a windy winter day. This elegant fragrance was created in 1932 by the house of Worth. It has head notes of Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, and Aldehydes. The heart of the perfume is a bouquet of Carnation, Jonquil and Violet. The bottom notes include Amber, Musk and Sandalwood.

Daphne du Maurier also wrote the short story "The Birds" which became another classic Hitchcock film.

Daphne du Maurier's favorite perfume was Chanel No. 5.