Daniel Corleone's Movie Review of Rebecca (1940)

Rating of

Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/02/12

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 Hitchcock films include slight humor, effective storytelling, suspense, mysterious death and gorgeous leading ladies. It was surprising to have a feline pet instead of his usual trademark birds. Only minor reservations this critic observed length of the picture, better antagonists and a more interesting beginning. Rebecca is definitely one of the director's best which involve love, loyalty, mystery, accusations and motive.

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