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