The master of all filmmakers.
Other than these adaptations, however, Rebecca has received surprisingly little play on the silver screen. Compare this to Jane Eyre, the classic — Gothic/haunted mansion/madwoman in the attic/mysterious and attractive bachelor with a former wife — novel that started it all, and that many have described as a forerunner of Rebecca.
Lumet came from the theater, starting his career as an off-Broadway director, then moving into television, then film. He was especially masterful at taking dialogue-driven material and infusing it with a cinematic electricity. Lumet didn’t make filmed versions of stage plays. He made movies. He understood the difference.
I went on Chatroulette for maybe eight minutes. It was winter and freezing. I was in the middle of a bout of seasonal affective disorder, just dyed my hair gray and felt trapped in my apartment. I saw a vagina, a penis and…