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Alfred Hitchcock


Joan Fontaine
Laurence Olivier
George Sanders
Judith Anderson
Nigel Bruce
Reginald Denny





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A young woman marries a widower to live in a gigantic mansion. Is the dead wife still controlling her husband?

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Gabe 04/17/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I was just expecting more from Hitchcock. The acting is great as is the cinematography, but the I found the story to be dull and slow. I don't know how this film beat out The Philadelphia Story for best picture. Hitchcock would get better and more suspenseful. This is a film that all should see, not because it's great, but of the historical significance.

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worleyjamers 06/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A masterpiece. My favorite Hitchcock film...Joan Fontaine is stunning.

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mitchellyoung 08/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The heaviness that permeates this Hitchcock thriller occasionally becomes almost too dark and depressing, but, when it succeeds, this noir thriller really succeeds. Great early Hitchcock that is atmospheric and moody.

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09/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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 Hit...

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01/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Rebecca" by Yojimbo

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 hers...

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12/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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 have.


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