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In Netflix Remake ‘Rebecca,’ Manderley Is the Most Essential Character

In Netflix Remake ‘Rebecca,’ Manderley Is the Most Essential Character

Part of the timeless appeal of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” has always been the imposing presence of the legendary manor house known as Manderley. It’s an essential character that embodies the mystery and power of the deceased Rebecca, who continues to haunt everyone from beyond the grave. And, of course, who can ever forget that immortal, opening line: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”?

Manderley was so important to director Ben Wheatley’s Netflix remake that it demanded a great deal of creative planning and design. There was even a line item in the budget called “Rebecca” in reference to Manderley. “Ben said he liked the idea that the second Mrs. de Winter walks into this house and is overwhelmed by the sense of wonder and scale,” said six-time Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (most recently for “Darkest Hour” and “Beauty and the Beast” in

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