How does Netflix's new 'Rebecca' stack up against the Hitchcock classic and novel?

How does Netflix's new 'Rebecca' stack up against the Hitchcock classic and novel?
Lily James, left, as Mrs. de Winter, Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter in"Rebecca". - Kerry Brown/Netflix/TNS

What reason could there be for a new movie version of “Rebecca”? The Daphne du Maurier novel (still forever young at 82) was long ago filmed, impeccably so, in chic black-and-white by Alfred Hitchcock. Nonetheless, here we are with a new one on Netflix, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, so I guess I’d better come up with some reasons. So we all, during this autumn of our discontent, could gaze at lavish Monaco hotel suites, “Downton Abbey”-ish English manor houses and ocean waves picturesquely crashing on a rocky beach, all in lush color? So that Kristin Scott Thomas could slink around loo...

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