Movie of the Week: Rebecca
I've read the book, watched the movie several times and even seen the two television miniseries and I never get tired of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. While it's not totally the same as the book, Alfred Hitchcock's film version much more closely matches the source material than his versions of Jamaica Inn or The Birds. Plus, the casting is spot on. Laurence Olivier is charming yet tortured Maxim de Winter; Joan Fontaine is his adorable and bewildered second wife; George Sanders is oily and sinister Jack Favell; C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny and Nigel Bruce play three examples of English (gentle)manhood and Judith Anderson is menacing and creepy as housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. Just go watch it! You won't be sorry. Rebecca is available on DVD and will be on TCM next Tuesday.
This issue also has a Four Roses ad with a recipe for Hot Toddies. Four Roses Single Barrel is actually one of Paul's favorite Bourbons, so we used that in our drinks. They were tasty, but boy howdy are they strong. You might need a bigger vessel and more hot water. I had to keep topping mine off!
1 strip lemon peel
1 sugar cube
1 jigger Bourbon whiskey
dash of mixed spice
Place the lemon peel and sugar cube in the bottom of a teacup. Pour over the whiskey, add the mixed spice and top off with boiling water. Stir with cinnamon stick to combine.
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I know she's supposed to be terribly unglamorous, but I think Joan Fontaine's unsophisticated wardrobe is the berries. Check it out:
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