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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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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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The shadow of this woman darkened their love. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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12 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Rebeka  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Having started in film as an art director, Alfred Hitchcock was well-versed in using miniatures to save money, but had to convince David O. Selznick that the process wouldn't look cheap. See more »

Goofs

At the inquest, when Ben begins to testify, the clock reads 11:48. A few minutes later when Mr. de Winter is recalled, it reads 1:53. But then when Mrs de Winter faints, the clock reads 11:48 once again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Danvers: [brings out a negligee from under the bedcovers] Did you ever see anything so delicate?
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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 »

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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
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Music by J.L. Molloy
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A Wonderful Film
11 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Definitely my favorite classic. There are some that come close, such as Citizen Kane, Spellbound, and Psycho, but none quite compare to this amazing movie.

The first thing that you notice is the outstanding cinematography. You have to remember that this movie was made in 1940, when they didn't have the technology we have now. But that first shot of the water beating up against the rocks grabs you and for one split second you wonder if maybe this isn't part of the movie but rather something filmed just recently. But then you see the familiar face of Laurence Olivier, reminding you that this was made 60 years ago, a fact that forever amazes me. The only oscar it won besides Best Picture was well deserved.

Another thing that makes it such a wonderful film is the acting. I have debated on whether Laurence Olivier's character, the tortured Maxim de Winter, is the pitiable character or if his second wife played by Joan Fontaine is really the one to feel sorry for. Every time I watch it I see it from a different point of view. Joan Fontaine is excellent. Laurence Olivier is wonderful, but that's no surprise. The only thing that bugs me is that it seems in every movie he's in (well, at least, everything I've seen him in), he always plays the same type of character. But he's extremely good at it, so I suppose it doesn't matter.

But although Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are wonderful, Judith Anderson steals the show! The first time I watched the movie, I was immediately grabbed by her stunning performance as the sinister Mrs. Danvers. You hardly notice the other characters when she's in the scene. She acted the part so well that it's strange to imagine that she was any different in real life.

With a wonderful storyline, and a very surprising ending, Rebecca well deserves the title as the only of Hitchcock's films to win the oscar for Best Picture. Although it may not be the most famous of all his films, it is without a doubt the greatest


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