A young woman’s whirlwind romance with debonair aristocrat Maxim de Winter leads to a hasty marriage and a new home at his glorious estate. But once there, she soon discovers that there are dark secrets surrounding the first Mrs. de Winter.
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"Master of suspense", sure, though suspense is something Rebecca could use more of. It more established Hitch as a master of psychodrama & masochistic romance—thus the rapturous metaphor of a timid girl who's given no name competing with a "perfect woman" who has a name but is never seen or heard. Only when the movie tries to cram an entire murder plot into the last act does it become too tidy. Trust the irrational.
A whirlwind. A lot of times I'm anesthetized by its omnipresent eerie tone and sustained mystery, and other times I just wanted to get it over with, but the last 30 minutes really made it together for me! The casts stood out aswell.
I love how much time Hitchcock gives to Fontaine's character to develop. As she roams the halls and speaks to the servants of Manderley, every action brings the ghost of Rebecca to life without ever using any sort of special effects to show a typical spectral image of her. Judith Anderson never over acts, yet her seething contempt and jealously is just as haunting as the spirit that haunts the film. A lovely film.
Its genius not to give a face to Rebecca. It makes her ever so present and its easier for the new wife to fear her. The scene Anderson is showing to new Mrs. de Winter the bedroom of the late wife, evidencing at the same time how Rebecca was so much more than her, is pure brilliance, only surpassed by the boathouse scene.
[Cinémathèque PT #82: 35 mm] Saw this 3 times on film. Love it do death. First American Hitchcock, yet so British. That opening camera movement? Still haunting me. Love the humor in the Monte Carlo scenes. Love the vertigo, the fog, the fiery logs killing Mrs Danvers. That house. Rebecca's room. Them staches. The forever scared Joan Fontaine. Hitch did That on purpose. Each time I see her, I always see a scared girl.
his is why hitchcock is a legend ! even a love story that seems so sweet can he turn into a suspensful and twisted motion picture,.and simply amazing considering it is his first american motion picture