Some Visual Thoughts About Perception in 'Rebecca'

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Ricardo Vieira Lisboa
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0026-6477

Abstract

Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca is part of the series of 1940s gothic films. In this essay, one of the most common tropes of this subgenre of the psychological thriller is identified and analysed: perceptual ambiguity. Based on this element, I justify the formal choices of an (audio)visual essay - "Some Visual Thought about Perception in Rebecca" - made with images and sound from that film, which explores the gothic dimensions of the video-essayistic practice itself: research, contradiction, quotation and evocation.

Keywords: Gothic film, Audiovisual essay, Alfred Hitchcock, Visual perception