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Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  12 April 1940 (USA)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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Storyline

A shy ladies' companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The shadow of a remembered woman came between their lips... but these two had the courage to hope... and to live their love! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebeka  »

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Budget:

$1,288,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David O. Selznick was concerned with both stars' performances. He asked Hitchcock to speed up Laurence Olivier's reactions, which he thought were being played too slowly, and slow down his line readings, even asking the director to make sure the leading man knew what the lines meant. With Joan Fontaine, he thought Alfred Hitchcock was directing her with too much restraint, and urged him to go for "a little more Yiddish Art Theatre" See more »

Goofs

George is driving on the left-hand side of the road outside Monte Carlo. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Danvers: [brings out a negligee from under the bedcovers] Did you ever see anything so delicate?
[motions the second Mrs. de Winter over]
Mrs. Danvers: Look, you can see my hand through it!
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Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". See more »


Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine
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My brief review of the film
3 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A stylishly directed and photographed film that examines a number of themes, such a deception, death and depression, and explores well the emotions of its characters. It is rare to find a film like this, as it tackles various genres, ranging from being a romance to a mystery to a drama to even a comedy at times, and all without seeming pretentious. The cast is truly magnificent. Judith Anderson is a stunner is a quiet but sinister role, and George Sanders is even more impressive in lively but also sinister performance. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are perfect for their roles too. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Cinematography quite deservingly – this is one of the best films Hollywood has ever produced.


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