Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
USA 1940 | Black & White | 131 mins
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Hitchcock brought all his narrative skill to du Maurier's haunting tale of a mousy young woman (Joan Fontaine) who meets the handsome, aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) in Monte Carlo and is swept off her feet by his whirlwind courtship. Following their wedding, they move to his Cornish estate Manderley, where the brooding Maxim once lived with his first wife Rebecca. Manderley is ruled over by the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson) who is ferociously devoted to the memory of her dead mistress and undermines the new wife at every turn.
A beautifully nuanced study in guilt and anxiety about sex, money and class, Rebecca continues to hold audiences spellbound with its beguiling blend of romanticism and nightmarish suspense.
Available on: DCP, DVD
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