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Rebecca

  • Drama
  • 1940
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 130 mins
  • PG

Summary

The naive second wife of a wealthy Cornish landowner lives in the shadow of her glamorous predecessor, who died in mysterious circumstances. The servants are devoted to their late mistress, particularly the sinister housekeeper, and the new arrival is driven to the brink of madness as she questions her relationship with her husband. Alfred Hitchcock's romantic thriller, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel. Produced by David O Selznick, it is immaculately played and was rightly awarded the Oscar for best picture. That Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter is superb goes without saying, but it's mousey Joan Fontaine who is a revelation as the second Mrs de Winter. Lovers of lesbian subtexts will have a field day with Judith Anderson's sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers, as Hitchcock circumvents the Hays Code censors who forced him to make changes to the original story. Fortunately no damage was done - unless you think too hard. And, since the style and pace never let up, there's no danger of that happening.

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Cast

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Maxim de WinterLaurence Olivier
Mrs de WinterJoan Fontaine
Jack FavellGeorge Sanders
Mrs DanversJudith Anderson
Major Giles LacyNigel Bruce
Frank CrawleyReginald Denny
Colonel JulyanC Aubrey Smith
Beatrice LacyGladys Cooper
Mrs Edythe Van HopperFlorence Bates
CoronerMelville Cooper
Dr BakerLeo G Carroll
BenLeonard Carey

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
NFT
Released on
2006-06-30
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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