Rebecca – 1940

Winner of Best Picture almost 80 years ago, this Hitchcock film is one of his best and is arguably the one that gained him international recognition. The film follows a young woman (Joan Fontaine) who meets and marries Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier), a rich widower who is seeking companionship following the recent death of his wife. The aftermath of this marriage comes in waves, chiefly in the form of peculiar outbursts from Maxim. the new Mrs. de Winter finds herself drawn to the mysterious death of the title Rebecca. The film inches slowly into thriller territory as it progresses, but it is the drama of this film that makes it unique. It is very unlike Hitchcock and yet completely him in every way.

Well-acted, this film is great in a number of ways, but it is Joan Fontaine who truly shines.

Hitchcock is a master, and this one proves it, I award it…

4.5 out of 5


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