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Daphne du Maurier's great novel is brought suspensfully to the screen in this 1940 adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock in his first American movie.
Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) meets a plain, poor woman (Joan Fontaine) in Monte Carlo. He is said to be mourning the death of his first wife Rebecca but is immediately attracted to this woman who is a companion to a snippy elderly woman named Mrs. Van Hopper. What happens next is a whirlwind romance of the waif and Mr. de Winter erupting into their elopement.
But when the 2nd Mrs. de Winter is brought to the fabulous home Manderlay in England where Max lives, everything changes. Mrs. de Winter is overwhelmed with the ghost of the 1st Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca) although she never appears. Her presence is magnified by Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), Rebecca's personal maid who has maintained her bedroom and the whole mansion to Rebecca's impeccable tastes even one year after her death. Mrs. de Winter #2 can't do anything right. Even though she is the mistress of the manor, she finds herself apologizing to the staff and especially to Mrs. Danvers for every mis-step. To make matters worse, Max becomes distant once the couple arrives at Manderlay, and makes his new wife feel very insecure. In fact, at one point she asks him if they made a mistake getting married, and he only replies that he hopes that she is happy.
The plot thickens when Rebecca's missing body is discovered inside her sailing boat at the bottom of the sea. You see, Max had already identified a body washed ashore as Rebecca. It appears that maybe Max had murdered Rebecca and submerged her body in the boat with leaks applied to it and that she didn't just drown in it. To complicate matters even more, Mr. Favelle (George Sanders) appears to tell us that he was having an affair with Rebecca and that she was carrying his child on the day that she drowned.
From here you are on your own. But the story is fantastic! Even more so, the director heightened the suspense by not giving the 2nd Mrs. de Winter even a first name. We go through the whole story not knowing a first name, which adds tremendously to her feelings of insecurity and no self confidence. And for Rebecca, we never see her picture, but we do indeed picture her as the most beautiful woman who has ever lived. Her reputation and everyone's description of her makes it seem so.
This movie won Best Picture and Best Cinematography of 1940. Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier were nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor. Judith Anderson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for Best Director. Also, the movie had a nomination for Best Screenplay. Ironically, Joan Fontaine did not win Best Actress for this movie but lost to Ginger Rogers in "Kitty Foyle." However, as usual for the Academy to make up its mistakes, in 1941 Joan won her Oscar for "Suspicion," a similar movie she made with Cary Grant.
This movie also marked a two year win in a row for Best Picture for David O. Selznick, its producer. He won in 1939 for "Gone with the Wind."
The 1940 classic Alfred Hitchcock movie. Filmed in and around LA, it won the 1941 Oscar for Best picture and Best Cinematography.
A shy ladies companion is staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer when she meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. Max is still troubled by the death of his wife, Rebecca in a boating accident the year before. She and Max fall in love, get married and return to Manderlay, his large country estate in Cornwall. The second Mrs. de Winter meets the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderlay.
One of the hallmarks of Hitchcock's films was that they could raise the hair on the back of your neck with suspense, rather than shocking horror. Rebecca is considered more of a "women's picture," undoubtedly due to the romance portrayed by Olivier and Fontaine. Dame Judith Anderson is brilliant as the cold, bitter and angry Mrs. Danvers. She never misses a chance to make Maxim DeWinter's new bride feel less than adequate. Don't miss the confrontation scene between Fontaine and Anderson. George Sanders is also brilliant, playing an oily, scheming cousin of Rebecca's. As the story progresses toward the surprising ending, you will remain on the edge of your seat. Named Best Picture of 1940 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Rebecca is a must see for all true Hitchcock fans.
Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's wonderful novel is just as mesmerizing today as it was when it was released. The story intertwines romance, jealousy, innuendo, money & murder that is told by a young woman in love, who matures before our eyes emotionally, yet we never ever know her by name. The story of love, hate and deceit are full of suspenseful twists that peak your imagination to its very final scene. Watch it!
I read Rebecca when I was in my early teens and remembered that I really enjoyed it. Now, some 40+ years later, I recently joined a book club and Rebecca was the first book we read. I purchased the film because I wanted to see the original movie again. My book club is gathering to view the movie next month! This movie shows the talent of Alfred Hitchcock to bring fear into the minds of the viewers. The complicated storyline in the beginning shows the vivid imaginations of a young girl composed by the author, Daphne DeMaurier. Superb book, great movie!