Rebecca

Rebecca

DVD - 2017
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MWT rating: NR.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2017
ISBN: 9781681433509
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 130 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Mayflower94 Mar 13, 2017

Seeing Rebecca for the first time decades ago when I was in my teens, I fell in love, in love with movies from the Hollywood golden era, in love with its gleaming stars and film masters. My passion for classic films is still as strong as ever.

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arizonaiscool
Jan 26, 2016

Have you seen Hitchcock's Rebecca? Has it been a while since you've seen this film? It had been a while since I'd seen this film, and it was great! I stayed up way past my bedtime watching this movie because I couldn't wait to find out how it ends. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you! Every character actor gave a great performance, and the plot twists will keep you hanging.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

While on assignment in Monte Carlo with her wealthy employer, a timid secretary is swept off her feet by dashing millionaire Maxim de Winter who marries her before transporting her to Manderlay, his luxuriously appointed though cheerless seaside estate. Sadly, her fairytale romance comes to an abrupt end when she discovers that the memory of de Winter’s late wife Rebecca, by all accounts a beautiful and vivacious force of nature, is still very much alive not only in her husband’s thoughts but especially in the heart of Mrs. Danvers the psychotic housekeeper who insists on maintaining her late mistress’ boudoir as if it were a shrine. Unable to compete with a ghost, the new Mrs. de Winters slowly sinks into despair aided by an obviously unhinged Danvers who goads her into contemplating suicide. But Rebecca had some dark secrets of her own which Maxim slowly reveals to his new bride—secrets that could either save their floundering marriage or destroy it forever. Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film (and only Oscar winner) is an over-the-top gothic love story laced with fog and shadows; where steely glances cast daggers and a pervasive sense of gloom threatens to snuff out any hint of happiness. Although Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are perfectly cast as the newlyweds, her squeaky little dormouse playing against his grief-stricken stoicism, it is Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers who steals every scene—her not entirely sane glares hinting at evil intentions and forbidden desires as she jealously berates the helpless bride while fawning lovingly over the dead Rebecca’s collection of fur coats and panties. Unintentionally camp by today’s standards but that only makes it more enjoyable!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 23, 2014

Hitchcock's first American film.

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garycornell
Oct 14, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock proves once again that he is the master of suspense. He made "Rebecca" in 1940 with Laurence Olivier playing the wealthy Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine plays his new wife after Rebecca de Winter died in a boating accident. The supporting cast is outstanding starting with Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers. When she is on the screen she commands your attention. We will learn about Rebecca de Winter through her eyes. Other great British actors are Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny and my favorite, C. Aubrey Smith. Watch for him in the movie, he is easily the tallest older gentleman in the movie. I can't close without noting the great cinematography of George Barnes. The movie has a mysterious feel to it with the beautiful image caught by his camera. Put "Rebecca" at the top of the classic Hitchcock suspense thrillers. He was a genius and his work really shines on "Rebecca".

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akirakato
Sep 09, 2014

This is a 1940 American psychological drama-thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Joan Fontaine is absolutely perfect in the role of the second Mrs. DeWinter, taking a character that could have become a cloying bore in less capable hands and transforming her into a sympathetic figure.
The movie is similarly amazing, capturing the spirit and the tone of those great Gothic romances.
There are very few that would be able to take a love story, infuse it with such gloom, with such a sense of foreboding, and still manage to create something that ends happily without being contrived.
The focal point of the film is the scene of the masqued ball at Mandalay.
Mrs. Danvers, the cold-blooded housekeeper, suggests the second Mrs. WeWinter copy the beautiful outfit in the ancestral portrait of Caroline de Winter.
When the costume is revealed, Maxim gets appalled; Rebecca wore the same outfit at the ball a year ago, shortly before her death.
The emotional strain on the Joan Fontaine character is so palpable, so absolutely taxing, that it would certainly pain you to watch.
You would probably get hurt along with her.
Few other movies would affect you so emotionally.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 04, 2014

Great film....Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are amazing. A must watch!!

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Isley
Jun 30, 2014

Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film, and it is an absolutely fantastic one. The twists and turns of the plot are natural (and genuinely surprising), the performances and cinematography brilliant, and Hitchcock’s twisted view on male/female relationships is just as articulated here as it is in his later work.

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ralphiespencer15
Jan 26, 2014

This is an amazing film! if you like old horror movies this is the one to see! amazing characters, acting and good story!

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Old_Toto
Jan 26, 2014

A fine example of the presently extinct studio "contract stars" system, this is a good "Hitchcock" sample of how he mixed a macabre story with an unexpected twist with his choice of actors. Lawrence Oliver's eyes, Joan Fontain's eyebrows- - - schticks, along with a certain uniqueness projected by all of the supporting character actors that immediately telegraph the actor's probable roles in the movie , e.g., evil housekeeper, Judith Anderson; rude rich lady, Florence Bates; cad, George Sanders; meticulous physician, Leo G. Carroll; etc., and eliminates the need for a lot of screen detail. Watching this acting company of people who worked together frequently, greatly hold one's attention and should be critically viewed at least once to be appreciated. Little known fact is that at this time there were over 600 seamstresses working simultaneously in Hollywood just to keep up with the costuming. (Spoiler follows: The opening scene is a skillful scale model with the special effects of "clouds over moon" lighting.)

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lgsigler Jun 28, 2014

Maxim de Winter :“I didn't know companionship could be bought.”

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Monolith
Nov 01, 2012

Major Giles Lacy: "Well, how do you like Manderley?" The second Mrs. de Winter: "Very beautiful, isn't it." Beatrice Lacy: "And how do you get along with Mrs. Danvers?" The second Mrs. de Winter: "Well, I... I've never met anyone quite like her before..." Major Giles Lacy: "You mean she scares you. She's not exactly an 'oil painting', is she? Ha, ha, ha."

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Monolith
Nov 01, 2012

Mrs. Danvers (opening the shutters): "...You're overwrought, madam. I've opened a window for you. A little air will do you good. (The second Mrs. de Winter gets up and walks toward the window) Why don't you go? Why don't you leave Manderley? He doesn't need you... he's got his memories. He doesn't love you, he wants to be alone again with her. You've nothing to stay for. You've nothing to live for really, have you? Look down there. It's easy, isn't it? Why don't you? Why don't you? Go on... Go on... Don't be afraid..."

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