«Корнуолльский дресс-код»: костюмы в первых экранизациях романов Дафны дю Морье
Although labelled a romantic novelist, the English writer is also known as the author of historical novels and thrillers with mystical overtones. In this article, the author pays particular attention to the ways in which du Maurier’s characters’ costumes are portrayed onscreen, and how the cinematographic medium takes forward and enhances the writer’s descriptions of dress. The author also looks at the ways in which particular traits of du Maurier’s characters are reflected in, and expressed through, their attire. The paper analyses four du Maurier films made in the UK and the US in the 1930s–1950s: ‘Jamaica Inn’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘Frenchman’s Creek’, and ‘My cousin Rachel’. The main focus is on the very earliest du Maurier films, in which the writer’s literary world was first given visual expression. The action in these films takes place in different periods, yet they are all set in the same location: the rugged and marshy land of Cornwall, which features heavily in du Maurier’s books. The author traces the ‘dress code’ of du Maurier’s characters, as their stories unfold over the years in her novels and subsequent films against the backdrop of the Cornish landscapes.