Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/02/2012
More of a psychological thriller wherein nobody has knowledge of the body of Mrs. de Winter. Edythe Van Hopper (Florence Bates) meets Maximilian (Maxim) de Winter (Laurence Olivier). They decide to marry and all the servants welcome Edyth. Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) was always cold from the beginning. Beginning starts of slow then picks-up once the character of Anderson appears on screen, which really kept the movie interesting and afloat since we wait what would happen next. Score, set pieces, lighting, performances, screenplay and direction were fantastic. Best lines - "It's gone forever, that funny, young, lost look that I loved. It won't come back again. I killed that too, when I told you about Rebecca. ...It's gone, in twenty four hours. You are so much older." Typical …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/25/2012
A bookish young woman enters a whirlwind romance with a debonair aristocrat but finds herself living in the shadow of his previous wife who died under mysterious circumstances. Hitchcock's genius was always in his ability to create believable ambiguity in his characters without resorting to clumsy red herrings or cinematic gimmickry, and Rebecca is one of the finest examples. Of course having a leading man of the calibre of Laurence Olivier is never going to hurt, and his haunting portrayal of a man irreversibly damaged by tragic past events is unforgettable. Joan Fontaine is also wonderful and adorable as his unnamed new bride, intimidated by her induction into an unfamiliar social class and confronted by reminders of her predecessor everywhere she looks and let's not forget Rebecca …
*Sarah* - wrote on 12/29/2008
When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants
Having seen the majority of a least most of Hitchcock's films I felt I had to check out Rebecca, which I should have seen many years ago. Rebecca is as great as everyone says it is and should be considered a UK film and not USA, but at the time Hitchcock went to Hollywood and was given American funding for most of his work in the late 1940s, so perhaps this was to be expected. Still an awful shame considering the majoirt of the cast are English, as was the director, locations and bits and pieces of the script contains dialogue that is associated with English people. But that's a small annonance that I …
Delorted - wrote on 11/19/2007
When a young woman (Joan Fontaine) was asked by “Maxim” de Winter (Laurence Olivier) for her hand in marriage, she had no idea what she would be getting in to. Soon she became tangled in the memories of the man’s deceased first wife in the Best Picture winning film, “Rebecca.”
For being Alfred Hitchcock’s directing debut in Hollywood, this is a phenomenal start that explains a lot about his career. There is so little wrong with this movie that I almost feel like finding things to criticize.
The story and the writing are absolutely superb with only one condition. There are several bits of dialogue that seem to go on for the longest time without an actual point. It doesn’t get in the way of the storytelling or anything, but I can be a tad annoying at times.
The only …
um...yeah. - wrote on 08/12/2007
I found this movie to be strangely hypnotic. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine both have strange but interesting manners of speaking. Okay, yeah, he's British and she's lived in Japan and England, but each one is more like a strange, boisterous accent reserved strictly for invention by "theatre people." Models have to perfect their runway walk, I think a lot of actors in the 40s spent their childhood pretending to project across the stage and into the audience. "MOTHER! WILL YOU PLEASE PASS THE MILK!" So, it's uberdramatic in that "No. I simply cannot go on living without you." sort of way, and I ate it up. What's that, Mrs. De Winter? You'll take your tea in the breakfast room? How cute. I wish I had mansion, and a parlor and time to sit around and solve mysteries and brush my hair …