Rebecca (1940)

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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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  • Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier. 1940 Selznick
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, 1964.
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson. 1940 Selznick
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine. 1940 Selznick
  • Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)

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10 July 2002 | tfrizzell
Haunting Hitchcock.
The only Alfred Hitchcock (Oscar-nominated for directing) film to win the Best Picture Oscar, "Rebecca" is one of those typical films from the amazing director that chills, entertains and puts you on the edge of your seat each time you watch it. Joan Fontaine (Oscar-nominated) has just married the very wealthy Laurence Olivier (also Oscar-nominated), but she is haunted by his mysterious housekeeper (a show-stopping Oscar-nominated performance by Judith Anderson) and the memory of the film's titled character (Olivier's late wife). Hitchcock, noted for his subtle sexual under-tones in films spares none of that here as Anderson's character and the late titled character's relationship seemed to go much further than employee-employer. Anderson slowly tries to drive Fontaine to insanity and the end she may accomplish her devious goal. Hitchcock's first real major U.S. debut stunned the Academy and audiences alike and would lead to the coveted Best Picture Oscar. It is not the best film the legendary director ever worked on, but it is still an amazingly good production that works on many cinematic levels. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Trivia

Sir Alfred Hitchcock frequently clashed with producer David O. Selznick over Hitchcock's habit of cutting in-camera. Rather than give Selznick several complete shots of each set-up so the movie could be assembled in a variety of ways, Hitchcock had the final cut already worked out before shooting, and filmed only as much of each long shot and close-up as he planned to use in the movie.


Quotes

Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper: Tennis lessons my foot!


Goofs

When Reginald Denny's character is in the study with Joan Fontaine's character he pulls out a file folder from a file cabinet and it's in the American format for 8.5 x 11 inches rather than the English A4 size. A4 is a bit narrower, but longer than the US letter size standard and its paper would not fit the file folder Denny is holding.


Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'".


Alternate Versions

The opening credits were re-done (with different font) for the 1950's re-release of the movie. It is these credits that have turned up on all telecasts of the film (even as recently as 2013) and all previous video releases. The Criterion release (which is now only available through outlet stores) restores all of the credits to their original form.


Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by
J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine

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Genres

Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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