My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierOrphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambroses letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousins widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet... might she have had a hand in Ambroses death?
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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (1951)
There she saw a portrait of a woman named Rachel Carew, and the creative spark was lit. David O. In , the year the novel was published in the U. But his rival, Darryl Zanuck of 20th Century-Fox, had apparently secured the rights to the film just twenty minutes before Selznick was set to make his bid. The film starred Olivia de Haviland in the title role, with Richard Burton co-starring. You know a story has touched a nerve when multiple television and film adaptations continue to be produced.
It was shot in Italy and England in spring and is about a young man in Cornwall who meets the wife of his older cousin, suspecting her of being responsible for his death. Weisz received positive reviews for her performance as the title character. After the young boy Philip is orphaned, he is adopted by his older cousin Ambrose, who raises him as a son on his large estate in Cornwall. Despite societal beliefs of the necessity of motherhood, Philip grows up with a nearly complete absence of women in the household, before Ambrose leaves the estate for the sunnier climate of Florence. A young man, Philip is left with his godfather Nick Kendall, and learns through correspondence that Ambrose has met his widowed cousin Rachel in Florence, and they have wed. The Kendalls express surprise that Ambrose has become interested in women, though Philip found the absence of female companionship natural.
A t first sight, the scene could not be more romantic. He takes a euphoric late-night dip in the sea and strides back to the house where — though he does not know it yet — she is about to make him the happiest man alive. I wonder if I even noticed these three brooding little words when I first read My Cousin Rachel as a teenager. Now though, rather like its protagonist, I am also stopped in my tracks. In some ways it is an age-old story, albeit with a trademark Du Maurier twist: sexually inexperienced year-old becomes infatuated with someone 10 years older.
My Cousin Rachel is a romantic drama film, written and directed by Roger Michell, based upon the novel My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.
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Like the earlier Rebecca , it is a mystery -romance, set primarily on a large estate in Cornwall. The story has its origins in a portrait of Rachel Carew at Antony House in Cornwall, which du Maurier saw and took as inspiration. Ambrose Ashley is the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast and has been guardian to his orphaned cousin Philip since he was three years old. Life is good apart from a few health problems that require Ambrose to spend the winter in warmer climates. As the damp weather approaches, he sets off for his third winter abroad and chooses Italy. By the time he has reached his twenties, Philip misses Ambrose on his sojourns in Italy but regularly receives letters from him. Ambrose writes that he has met a cousin of theirs called Rachel — the widowed Contessa Sangalletti — in Florence.
Sign in. A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Philip, an orphan, was taken in and brought up by his cousin Ambrose, a Devon landowner he loves like a father. At a time, Ambrose, who has been advised by his physician a warmer climate, leaves for Tuscany.