“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca’s haunting opening line conjures the entirety of Hitchcock’s romantic, suspenseful, elegant film. A young woman (Joan Fontaine) believes her every dream has come true when her whirlwind romance with the dashing Maxim de Winter culminates in marriage. But she soon realizes that Rebecca, the late first Mrs. de Winter, haunts both the temperamental, brooding Maxim and the de Winter mansion, Manderley. In order for Maxim and the new Mrs. de Winter to have a future, Rebecca’s spell must be broken and the mystery of her violent death unraveled. The first collaboration between producer David O. Selznick and Hitchcock, Rebecca was adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s popular novel and won the 1940 Academy Award™ for Best Picture and Cinematography (Black and White). –The Criterion Collection
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Si é un bel film perché é recitato bene e la fotografia é bellissima, la luce é veramente bella. certo per quell'epoca doveva essere un capolavoro, ma resta un vecchio film e purtroppo i film vecchi sono previdenti e scontati. ci si immagina tutto, si sa tutto quello che sta per accadere prima di vedere ogni scena, e se si indovina tutto é un peccato.
Uno dei migliori film di Hitchcock che abbia visto.Curatissime le ambientazioni,dialoghi mai banali e personaggi caratterizzati alla grandissima:la doppiezza del marito è intuibile,così come è sempre tangibile lo sconforto della"nuova"moglie;la governante poi è davvero strepitosa,forse il top del film.Un thriller gotico e misterioso in cui Sir Alfred mette tutta la sua maestria...la R in fiamme nel finale è superba.
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Todos vós sodes capitáns (Oliver Laxe, Spain) Another simple one: I like the title. The film is about children learning to make movies, and