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.
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.
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".
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.
Great film....Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are amazing. A must watch!!
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.
This is an amazing film! if you like old horror movies this is the one to see! amazing characters, acting and good story!
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.)
Oh wow...... By that ``stunted logic``, motion pictures such as: ``Inherit The Wind``, ``The Grapes Of Wrath``, ``For Whom The Bell Tolls`` and several thousand other CLASSICS would also be (according to you) ``OF NO CURRENT INTEREST``. Thanks for making my day and giving me a huge belly chuckle!! (Posted by Alexander)
Once again Hitchcock shows why he deserves the moniker "Master of Suspense". He creates wonderful tension throughout the film, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster. We are kept in tight suspense throughout much of the film. When Maxim finally tells his new wife what really happened between him and Rebecca, viewers finally breathe a sigh of relief, only to become tense again when the inquiry begins. As always in Hitchcock films, the cinematography is masterful and adds to the suspense. The shot when Joan Fontaine sees her new home, Manderlay, is wonderful - through the center of the windshield as the rain beats down and the wipers offer the only clear view, accentuating its isolation. Lighting adds to the drama with many overlying and menacing shadows that fall over the actors' faces - so often effectively used by Hitchcock.
Joan Fontaine's character, the nameless young bride, can initially rub modern women the wrong way. She seems too insecure and docile. Even her clothes appear drab and like those of a schoolgirl. This only serves to heighten the change that her character undergoes in the movie. Toward the end, she becomes more confident, her clothes more elegant. Of course, Sir Laurence Olivier is gorgeous as the aristocratic and somewhat mysterious husband. He does a good job of keeping the audience guessing about his true feelings for his young, rather unpolished new bride and those for his deceased 1st wife, the glamorous Rebecca. The audience is drawn to him - for the hurt he had been put through and for his genuine love of his new bride.
Wonderful movie and well worth watching.
Maxim de Winter :“I didn't know companionship could be bought.”
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