Sunday, December 2, 2018

Heads-up: My Cousin Rachel

I've mentioned the movie My Cousin Rachel a couple of times in the past, although I haven't seen it in a couple of years and have never done a full-length blog post on it. It's going to be on FXM later in the week, first at 9:20 AM Wednesday and with subsequent re-airings.

The story involves a young man named Philip (Richard Burton) living with his older cousin guardian in England around the time Queen Victoria ascended the throne. The cousin goes off to Italy and marries another cousin Rachel (Olivia de Havilland), but sends Philip disturbing letters leading Philip to believe his guardian is being murdered. Philip eventually brings Rachel to the estate back in England to get a handle on what really happened, only to find that Rachel isn't at all what he expected, although her motives are decidedly unclear.

Anyhow, I mention it today, even though FXM isn't running it until Wednesday, for good reason. It's based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, and with that in mind it's unsurprising that the story has been done several times, both on the big screen and the little screen. Indeed, after the previous round of TCM showings in early 2017, there was a new version released to theaters in June 2017. That 2017 version is going to be on Cinemax tomorrow morning at 10:05 AM for those who have the premium packages. I haven't seen this version; I don't remember it showing up at the local sixtyplex; and the parent corporation closed the sixtyplex in our dying mall over the summer anyway. Rachel Weisz plays Rachel; Sam Claflin plays Philip.

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