MY COUSIN RACHEL, 1952, 20th Century Fox, 98 min. Dir. Henry Koster. Olivia de Havilland keeps Burton guessing until the very end as to whether or not she killed her husband, Burton’s older cousin and guardian, for his wealth, or whether she is a victim of circumstance genuinely concerned for Burton’s welfare. The interiors and exteriors of the house on the cliffs, as well as the other sets in general, all serve to create a genuinely delirious, dark romanticism that perfectly embodies this early 19th century saga.
Art director John DeCuir was Oscar-nominated for his work here. The film received three other Academy Award nominations, including Burton for Best Supporting Actor. Discussion following the screening on the work of Academy Award-winning art director John DeCuir. Full synopsis
- Genres: Drama, Romance