03/10/97 03:11 PM
One classic case is the title character of Hitchcock's "Rebecca." She is
never seen, yet her "presence" haunts, menaces and motivates the characters
who have outlived her. She is dead when the movie begins, but the movie is
named after her and she has a name--which is more than can be said for the
Joan Fontaine character whom the narrative revolves around.
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