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A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.


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This was a hard decision to make. Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel is CLASSIC. It's fantastic, mysterious, and has one of the greatest opening paragraphs of 20th century literature. But the film by Hitchcock has so much more: the mystery, the dread, the soundtrack, and the brilliant Judith Ander... Read More »

Another Hitchcock classic with an Oscar award winning performance from Joan Fontaine.

One of my favorite Hitchcock movies, based on the equally excellent novel by Daphne du Maurier.

The ultimate suspense film based on the ultimate 20th Century suspense novel. Is our unnamed heroine crazy? Or is her husband's late wife haunting her?

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Oct 16, 2017

I maintain that Hitchcock's best films were his early black and white films done in America. This is the best if not one his best films. If you have any doubt about Hitchcocks black and white films, do yourself a favour and watch: Rebecca, Shadow of A Doubt, Suspicion, I Confess,
and The Wrong Man. His later colour films such as Northwest By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, Rear Window and Vertigo while good films pale in comparison to Rebecca and the other "old" black and whites.

Oct 13, 2017

Hitchcock's first Hollywood film (and only Oscar winner) is an over-the-top gothic love story laced with fog and shadows; where steely glances cast daggers and a pervasive sense of gloom threatens to snuff out any hint of happiness. Although Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are perfectly cast as the newlyweds---her squeaky little dormouse playing against his grief-stricken stoicism---it is Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers the housekeeper who steals every scene, her not entirely sane glares hinting at evil intentions and forbidden desires as she jealously berates the helpless bride while fawning lovingly over the dead Rebecca’s collection of fur coats and panties. Unintentionally camp by today’s standards but that only makes it more enjoyable!

Mayflower94 Mar 13, 2017

Seeing Rebecca for the first time decades ago when I was in my teens, I fell in love, in love with movies from the Hollywood golden era, in love with its gleaming stars and film masters. My passion for classic films is still as strong as ever.

Jan 26, 2016

Have you seen Hitchcock's Rebecca? Has it been a while since you've seen this film? It had been a while since I'd seen this film, and it was great! I stayed up way past my bedtime watching this movie because I couldn't wait to find out how it ends. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you! Every character actor gave a great performance, and the plot twists will keep you hanging.

Oct 14, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock proves once again that he is the master of suspense. He made "Rebecca" in 1940 with Laurence Olivier playing the wealthy Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine plays his new wife after Rebecca de Winter died in a boating accident. The supporting cast is outstanding starting with Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers. When she is on the screen she commands your attention. We will learn about Rebecca de Winter through her eyes. Other great British actors are Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny and my favorite, C. Aubrey Smith. Watch for him in the movie, he is easily the tallest older gentleman in the movie. I can't close without noting the great cinematography of George Barnes. The movie has a mysterious feel to it with the beautiful image caught by his camera. Put "Rebecca" at the top of the classic Hitchcock suspense thrillers. He was a genius and his work really shines on "Rebecca".

Sep 09, 2014

This is a 1940 American psychological drama-thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Joan Fontaine is absolutely perfect in the role of the second Mrs. DeWinter, taking a character that could have become a cloying bore in less capable hands and transforming her into a sympathetic figure.
The movie is similarly amazing, capturing the spirit and the tone of those great Gothic romances.
There are very few that would be able to take a love story, infuse it with such gloom, with such a sense of foreboding, and still manage to create something that ends happily without being contrived.
The focal point of the film is the scene of the masqued ball at Mandalay.
Mrs. Danvers, the cold-blooded housekeeper, suggests the second Mrs. WeWinter copy the beautiful outfit in the ancestral portrait of Caroline de Winter.
When the costume is revealed, Maxim gets appalled; Rebecca wore the same outfit at the ball a year ago, shortly before her death.
The emotional strain on the Joan Fontaine character is so palpable, so absolutely taxing, that it would certainly pain you to watch.
You would probably get hurt along with her.
Few other movies would affect you so emotionally.

Jul 04, 2014

Great film....Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are amazing. A must watch!!

Jun 30, 2014

Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film, and it is an absolutely fantastic one. The twists and turns of the plot are natural (and genuinely surprising), the performances and cinematography brilliant, and Hitchcock’s twisted view on male/female relationships is just as articulated here as it is in his later work.

Jan 26, 2014

This is an amazing film! if you like old horror movies this is the one to see! amazing characters, acting and good story!

Jan 26, 2014

A fine example of the presently extinct studio "contract stars" system, this is a good "Hitchcock" sample of how he mixed a macabre story with an unexpected twist with his choice of actors. Lawrence Oliver's eyes, Joan Fontain's eyebrows- - - schticks, along with a certain uniqueness projected by all of the supporting character actors that immediately telegraph the actor's probable roles in the movie , e.g., evil housekeeper, Judith Anderson; rude rich lady, Florence Bates; cad, George Sanders; meticulous physician, Leo G. Carroll; etc., and eliminates the need for a lot of screen detail. Watching this acting company of people who worked together frequently, greatly hold one's attention and should be critically viewed at least once to be appreciated. Little known fact is that at this time there were over 600 seamstresses working simultaneously in Hollywood just to keep up with the costuming. (Spoiler follows: The opening scene is a skillful scale model with the special effects of "clouds over moon" lighting.)

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lgsigler Jun 28, 2014

Maxim de Winter :“I didn't know companionship could be bought.”


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