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A True Gem
- Jennifer Wells
Rebecca is a true masterpiece. Although a departure from the typical Hitchcock film, is it my own personal favorite. Suspenseful, romantic, atmospheric it is an amazing picture that holds up decades after its release. Selznick , Hitchcock and the impressive cast did du Maurier's classic novel justice. Jennifer Leigh Wells Author of "Rebecca: The Making of a Hollywood Classic"
A Hitchcock Gem
This is unmistakably Hollywood, USA in its glory days, back when they knew how to produce movies that told a good story. Hitchcock masterfully creates a mysterious aura that draws you in and doesn't let you go. The musical score is beautifully haunting and adds to the suspense. The actors are all consumate pros who give solid peformances. Olivier is at his cool, suave, debonaire best. Fontaine plays the delightfully shy, insecure and vulnerable young girl he brings home to his estate, "Mandalay". Florence Bates also gives a memorable noteworthy performance early in the film as an insufferably haughty American socialite, "Mrs Van Hopper". No surprise this film won best picture Oscar for 1940. Well worth watching.
An Eerie Delight by Hitchcock
This movie is one of the first psychological/suspense dramas. It has your mind reeling from the first shot of a burned out Mandalay. There is nothing bad about this movie. It shows Olivier and Fontaine at their finest. You find yourself pulling for Maxim every step of the way even after realizing that he may have killed his first wife. Sir Laurence Olivier was just plain sporty and handsome. He has this air about him as Maxim that says, yes, I'll do what I want. The weird thing about this movie is that Mrs. de Winter, Joan Fontaine never had a first name. I guess it was a Hitchcock thing. That lady Mrs. Danvers would have left with Rebecca's clothes and things. Even at first notice you knew all her dogs weren't barking. She was just a crazy old bat. And Rebecca's 'cousin' knew it. This is a movie that should be watched on a cold rainy creepy night. However, anytime is good, even in the warmth of summer because it leaves chills up your spine. A great movie.
Overall-4/5 Lead Performers-5/5 Supporting Cast-4/5 Director-5/5 Score-4/5 Title Sequence-3/5 Screenplay-4/5 Cinematography-4/5 Importance-4/5 Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
Rain on our praise of 'Rebecca'?
It is not possible to rain on the praise of Rebecca. Enough to say that the book, the movie, are not for everyone. Was David H watching the movie with a stop watch? An hour and a half before the climax? What climax was that? In last third of the movie there was character interaction? What was the 2nd Mrs. de Winter doing but interacting with Mr. de Winter, Frank, Beatrice, Mrs. Danvers, and everyone in the novel and the movie? However, those of us who love the book and the movie are hardly in the minority. The book was an instant best seller when it came out and made Daphne du Maurier famous. She was in her early 30s then. I cut and paste some of the critics' reviews (good or bad) of the movie. "Magnificent, romantic-gothic corn, full of Alfred Hitchcock's humor and inventiveness. It features one of Laurence Olivier's rare poor performances; he seems pinched and too calculated -- but even when he's uncomfortable in his role he's more fascinating than most actors. Joan Fontaine gives one of her rare really fine performances -- she makes her character's shyness deeply charming." -- Pauline Kael, 5,001 Nights at the Movies. "The sheer, swooning pleasure that this film affords - its melodrama, its romance, its extravagant menace - makes it a must-see... it really is a masterclass in craftsmanship. The novel is expertly opened out in visual and dramatic terms, and shows something rare in any film from any period: characters who change, and are satisfyingly seen to do so during the course of the story...A superb cast is rounded off by George Sanders, playing Rebecca's caddish cousin: again, a superb lightness and virility in the acting, and, again, some exquisite suitings. A gorgeous treat from one of cinema's masters. Not to be missed." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Raining on "Rebecca"
- David H.
I hate to rain on everyone's praise of this film, but I think "The Grapes of Wrath" was the much better movie of 1940. Comparing Oscar nominated films is often like comparing apples and oranges, but not this time. For me, the nearly an hour and a half to set up the film's climatic moment is way too long and the normally reliable Franz Waxman's background music becomes overbearing. Despite this, the principal cast is outstanding and Joan Fontaine is well suited to her character's meek persona. The last third of the film is much better with more character interaction and less of the moaning background music, but its slow beginning supposedly "to set the mood" keeps a good film from becoming a great one.
THE PERFECT REBECCA
What wonderful casting,well-made,intriguing film.Olivier not usually my cup of tea,is at his best.Would've preferred Basil Rathbone in the part of Maxim,as he seemed suited to the part,Larry maybe too young as why his hair colored to look older.Enjoy every time it's avail to view.
THE quintessential Gothic story
This film - and the book it's based on - are timeless. Hitchcock took the raw ingredients of De Maurier's novel and brewed a perfect potion of mystery, suspense and romance, with just the right dollop of humor and the help of a truly great cast. One of those rare films that effortlessly transports you to another world. See it once, and you'll want to return to Manderly again and again.
The car tht Maxim drove
It sounds silly, but I wondered about the car that Maxim drove when he took his bride (the second Mrs. de Winter) to Manderley for the first time. When it started to rain, he put a trenchcoat over the missus' head to keep her dry. The rain just poured into the car! The car was open topped but it was not a convertible, because he couldn't put up a top! Was that the way cars were in the 1930s? Perhaps someone can enlighten me!
praise the film and bash Joan Fontaine?!
I find it odd that 'Redrain' praised the movie, 'Rebecca' but bashed Joan Fontaine. Yes, I agree it was mean-spirited too. Joan played the second Mrs. de Winter, who was the narrator and the central figure of the novel and of the movie. It wouldn't have been a good movie if Jaon was bad. I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoyed the book and I give Joan a lot of credit!
Joan Fontaine gave a wonderful performance
Just saw 'Rebcca' last night for maybe the fourth or fifth time. Enjoyed it as much as I saw it the first time when I was about 14, many years ago. Like her costars: Judith Anderson, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Bruce, Gladys Cooper and Florence Bates (playing the odious Mrs. Van Hopper) Joan Fontaine gave a wonderful performance in this great movie. I think it is really mean-spirited for some people to bash Joan Fontaine while praising Olivier de Havilland for her 'facial expressions'... Joan Fontaine' performance was more than facial exspressions. She should have won an oscar for this movie, but they gave her one the following year for 'Suspicion'. Both her performance and the movie 'Rebecca' are superior.
My First "Adult" Book
This is the first "adult" book I ever read. (The second being "Gone with the Wind".) It had such mystery and grown-up themes, I was enchanted. I still have the paperback book and for years I regarded it as a sort of magical time transporter. When I opened it and began reading I was swept away to Manderley and a part of all of the sophisticated worlds that only adults could partake. I saw this film originally in high school and aside from it being in black and white it held its own against my imagination. I never saw it again until a few months ago and by that point I knew who Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine were. (I'm still relatively new to classic films and their stars. So, it wasn't until I was reading reviews of this film a few moments ago that I learned Olivia deHavilland and Joan Fontaine were sisters! Who knew?!) And I think everyone played their roles perfectly. I didn't even know Hitchcock was the director! It's wonderful to see this film again with my "new" knowledge and yet still be able to get swept up in the magic of Rebecca.
" entirely too young".
RedRain: " I particularly found her ill-cast here, as she portrays "the second Mrs. de Winter" entirely too young. " That's exactly right! "the second Mrs. de Winter" was entirely too young! From the book Rebecca: 'They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one...' 'Does forty-two seem very old to you?' he (Maxim) said. Be careful of your criticism, if you haven't read the book! This is my all-time favorite novel, and movie too. The characters were nearly perfectly cast. I read that Vivien Leigh wanted the part of the second Mrs. de Winter. She would have been badly miscast!
This story is very much the kind of contrived weirdness that Hitchcock thrived on. In real life, the second Mrs. de Winter would probably have kicked Danvers out after the first month. But then there would be no psychotic character for Judith Anderson to weave her magic around and no story. Hitchcock fans have to love this one.
George Sanders is deliciously malevolent!
I have never cared for Joan Fontaine as an actress, as she had the same insipid fake smile on her face in every single movie she played in. It is annoying to me, as her sister, the great Olivia de Havilland, has such wonderful facial expressions throughout all the roles of her career. In this film Fontaine is no different than she is in any other. I particularly found her ill-cast here, as she portrays "the second Mrs. de Winter" entirely too young. The film itself, however, is remarkable for the performances of Olivier and George Sanders but the plot is stolen completely by Dame Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers. I do feel the film deservedly won the Academy Award and the direction of Alfred Hitchcock without any interference from David Selznick surely assured the stellar reception this film received when it was introduced and has continued to receive ever since. If you are familiar with the novels written by Daphne du Maurier, you will be very pleased with this film. Taking "Rebecca" from the printed page to the sweeping film it became was no mean feat and it was done superbly by Hitchcock!
awesome and wierd but oh so perfect
is it just me or is this movie packed with a wierd undercurrent. it took my 4 times to watch this movie to figure out who really killed the first wife. was so bizarre to realize and even with todays standards of no standards it still seems odd. i have to admit many of the characters i know in my own life today. maybe thats why it creeps me out so much....its difficult for me to watch this movie....thats what makes it AWESOME!
Hitchcock compared to Julian Fellowes?
Rebecca compared to Downtown Abbey? I don't see the connection between the 2 stories at all. Alfred Hitchcock and Julian Fellowes should not be mentioned in the same sentence.
Mandalay vs Downton Abbey
- Arlinda DeAngelis
The brilliant vs the very very good. While the real stars, Mandalay and Downton, outshine everything and everyone almost eclipsing Hitchcock and Fellowes with the Abbey soaring above us all, the casts are devine. The difference is Hitchcock. In his American directorial debut his brilliance is everywhere. He compels his audience to love, hate and empathize with his characters. He even makes the late beautiful and malevolent Rebecca come alive and reveal her real self through the inhabitants of Mandalay. Olivier, the greatest actor who ever lived is magnificent as the urbane, handsome, obsessed, in love and lust, whose hatred for his first wife, Rebecca, vies for his soul as does the love he has to give to his second wife beautifully played by Joan Fontaine, a young woman, innocent, impoverished, naive, loving, kind and rather clueless but very very pretty in a a good way unlike her nemesis, Rebecca. The great Sanders and Evans, are convincing as willing slaves to Rebecca, spewing her evil over all that occurs. The difference in these British productions is Hitchcock and Highclere (aka Downton Abbey). Mandalay does not survive its denizens. It is another victim of its titled character. Downton Abbey survives and molds its denizens to withstand two World Wars and cataclysmic social change.
A breathtaking classic. Hitchcock's best.
Fives everywhere. #4 of all-time, I can't even elaborate.
Um grandioso filme
Um filme grandioso que faz o telespectador ficar sem fôlego e não deixando nenhum detalhe do filme escapar. Filme intrigante de primeira qualidade. Para mim um dos melhores de Hitchcock e da Joan Fontaine. TCM poderia exibir o filme, pois ele é uma obra prima do cinema.
Hitchcock's American Directorial Debut.
- Frank Harris Horn
In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock came to the United States to make his mark in the American motion picture industry, and made his U.S. directorial debut with this hauntingly, eerie melodrama based on Daphne Du Maurier's celebrated novel, which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1940. Featuring a magnificently brilliant cast headed by Sir Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Dame Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Gladys Cooper and C. Aubrey Smith. It tells the story of a mysterious widower (Olivier), who marries a naive young woman (Fontaine), who finds her newly-married life being dominated by the sinister, almost spectral influence of her husband's late wife. The movie also won a second Academy Award for Best Cinematography (B&W). Filmed on location in Big Sur, Palos Verdes, Point Lobos State Reseerve, California and Culver City, California. With Leo G. Carroll, Florence Bates, Reginald Denny, Melville Cooper, Edward Fielding, Leonard Carey, Phillip Winter, Lumsden Hare, Forrester Harvey, Leyland Hodgson & Billy Bevan.
- krista drew
This film keeps you guessing right to the end.You want to hate this Rebecca until you feel sorry for her at the very end.[just a little.]
- Monica Rooks
My favorite movie of all time. Every character is perfectly portrayed and this is one movie that might be better than the book (the book is absolutely FANTASTIC). The music, the acting, the scenery and storyline will keep you on edge from beginning to end. BEST HITCHCOCK MOVIE EVER...and all of Hitch's movies are GREAT.
- michael cornwell
My favorite-favorite movie. This is gothic cinema at it s best. A melodrama with a capital M!
What a Film!
Alfred Hitchcock's fantastic direction and brilliant acting by Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine make this one of the best films made! In fact, the entire cast is terrific and so well suited to their roles. No one should miss seeing this great movie!
mrs. de winter
ive watched rebecca a lot of times and never heard joan fontaines name before she became mrs de winter
Is there a Mr.Danvers?
- ms. miniver
I watched this movie for the first time over the summer and and liked it from there after. Wonderfully suspenseful. But is there a Mr. Danvers? Did Mrs. Danvers kill him, is he living in some english village?
Best Hitch Movie
I love all of Alfred Hitchcocks films but Rebecca has always been my absolute favorite. Maybe because I read the book first when I was young and fell in love with it. The key players are outstanding! I couldn't picture anyone else but Judith Anderson as Danvers. It is just a really superb film.
Classic Suspense/Love Story
You do not have to be old to love this movie! This is a great movie for all ages. I read this book in high school-so when I saw the title of the movie on tv- I watched. I saw this movie when I was in my twenties, which was only a few years ago. This was my first black & white movie I ever watched--and this one hooked me! I am now a huge faithful fan of TCM--all due to this movie. I love Daphne DuMaurier's books, and Hitchcock's movies. I am of the younger generation in love with the wholesome classics--and wish today's movie industry would return to morals of the 1930-1940's!
Classic Movie of All Times
The 1940 black and white classic movie Rebecca is an excellent piece of work by Alfred Hitchcock. A top ten favorite of all times! It is captivating with the typical Hitchcock suspense and twist. Rebecca should be released on DVD.
Classic of a lifetime
The first time I saw Rebecca was when I was only 10 years old. It was on the late late show. There was a thunderstorm and I couldnt sleep. With all of its superior elements Drama,Comedy Romance and Suspence it became my instant favorite. ALfred Hitchock actually changed the ending from that of Dapne Dumauriers book and gave it an ironic twist. Another great irony is that Joan Fontaine and I share the same birthay date only 50 years apart. It would be marvelous to see this on Dvd.
I can't believe this title hasn't been released on DVD. One of Hitchcock's best works based on one of the greatest books ever written. It's rare that a movie follows closely to the book, and even more rare to find one so expertly acted. This movie is a must for any growing dvd collection.
A Must DVD
- Marge DeBenedetto
It's a shame that this terrific movie is not available on DVD. After I saw it for the first time, I purchased the book and was happy to see that it coincided with the movie. It is one of my favorites and I urge those responsible to offer it to home theaters.
- Mary Patek
The book Rebecca has been a favorite of mine for years and also the movie. Would love to have it on dvd and why hasn't anyone thought to colorize this magnificent movie--color right after the opening scene and burnt out shell of house. This book/movie was DuMaurier's best and glad Hitchcock followed book
Awesome Team - Hitchcock & Du Maurier
- Peg Volz
I read the book as a teenager in the 50's. The movie was not in re-release until I finally saw it in the early 60's. I was enthralled with the way the book had been taken and dropped onto the big screen as if they had gotten into my head and retrieved my vision of how the story unfolded on the pages of the book! Mrs. Van Hopper, with all of her egotistical pomposity, gloriously shot down by her shy little companion, who is to become the 2nd Mrs. Max De Winter; Mrs Danvers and her sinister ways, deceiving the young bride into almost giving up her new life, making her believe that Maxim could never love anyone after having loved the beautiful, accomplished Rebecca! A must see for anyone who loves the black & white 40's movies that put our favorite novels onto the screen!
REBECCA - Please make it available on DVD!
This is an absolutely wonderful movie! I cannot believe it is still unavailable on DVD. I have watched my VHS version so many times, it's probably near worn out. Such a classic must be out on DVD, it's much too good not to be! What a performance by Olivier and Fontaine deserved the oscar she won that year! This one is a must see and must own! I rate this movie as one of my personal favorites and I am a true fan of TCM and of great movies! If you're a reader the book is excellent as well!
This was one of his best movies!
Everyone that I suggested to watch this movie loved it! Please Put it out on DVD! Thanks!!!!!!!!!
one of the best of the psycho/dramas of all time
i watched this film at least 20 times since i first viewed it. every time i see the film i find just as compelling and interesting. i consider my self a student of film this one has all the elements that make a movie classic and unforgettable. these essential elements are a great story,and the fabulous though tumultuos combintion of one the greatest producer/director combinations ever!!!!!!!!! the mystery of rebbeca is brilliantly created by the fact that we never actually see her. all we know of rebbeca comes through the memory of her husband played superbly by olivier and ofcourse her devoted and deranged housekeeper mrs.danvers,judith anderson.this is a brilliant device and its effectiveness lasts through the entire film. don't miss this film !
Are You Kidding!!
- Sandra DeSano
This is one the best thrillers ever made. All throughout the movie, you ache for Joan's character, then....surprise...talk about a revelation in the cottage!! Changes her forever!! A must see!
My Favorite Movie OF ALL TIME
- Monica - Atlanta, GA
Rebecca is a psychological thriller and the greatest movie ever made in my opinion (my personal favorite). It has romance, adultery, intrigue, suspense, and a brillantly shocking conclusion all set to the gothic back drop of a English Country Manor House complete with a sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (one of the best characters ever developed for film). Don't miss one word of dialogue, it's a brillant adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier masterpiece novel.
The Best Picture of the Year for 1940!
Alfred Hitchcock's first American movie! One of the all-time great film classics! So why is it still not available on DVD?? It's nothing less than plain stupidity. While TV series new and vintage are popping up faster than you can sneeze - and yet a treasure such as Rebecca has yet to make its appearance .... oh, well, eventually someone will see the light.
this is one of hitchcocks greatest.
From the first time my mother told me about this movie and i saw it i fell in love with it. it is one of my all time favorites and should be on dvd.
Why, oh why is it not available on DVD?
This is a great Hitchcock movie and I have attempted to purchase it on DVD and cannot fine it. Where can I find it?
This is definately one of Hitchcock's best movies!! Why it isn't on DVD through TCM, I don't understand. I'd like to know where Carol found it.
Rebecca is on DVD
Rebecca is also one my favorite movies, I watch it all tne time now that i found it on DVD ,is it a korean inport shiped from the united states release in english language with removable subtitles. you can find it on amazon.com at a very low price. my DVD was in excellent condition.
"LAST NIGHT I DREAM'T I WENT TO MANDERLY"
FROM THE MOMENT YOU HEAR THESE FAMOUS WORDS YOU'RE DRAWN INTO THIS MYSTERIOUS LOVE STORY. I CAN STILL SEE THE FACE OF THE BEAUTIFUL JOAN FONTAINE LOOKING DOWN FROM HER WINDOW AS MRS. DANVERS TRIES TALKING HER INTO JUMPING ! THANKS TO HITCHCOCKS SUPERB DIRECTION THIS IS ONE INSTANCE WHERE THE MOVIE IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE BOOK OR EVEN BETTER!PLEASE VOTE FOR RELEASE ON D.V.D.
Vivien Leigh Screen Test
In Margarita Landazuri's notes on the making of "Rebecca" (31 Days of Oscar)she indicates that Vivien Leigh was not selected for the part, to the objection of her lover, Olivier, because she "proved too strong to play the shy, young bride". Actually, if you've ever seen her screen test she was really terrible. Fontaine's tests were far superior and much more convincing.
This is certainly in the "best films of all time" category. Every character plays their role superbly. The story line will keep you glued to it every minute. The moody atmosphere and music is fantastic and if anyone could convince you to kill yourself, it would be Judith Anderson!!!
This great film is not available on DVD? It won an Oscar for best film. I never get tired of seeing it. Oh well, what do I know?
Oscar Winner Not On Home Video?
How can a Hitchcock film that won and Oscar for best picture not me available on home video .. Some entity needs to do something about this (I hope soon!)
The cast of Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders can't be beat. I would love to see Criterion re-release their excellent two-disc DVD with the screen tests, interviews with Joan Fontaine and Judity Anderson, the commentaries, etc. It was the gold standard of DVD releases. The film is one to be watched multiple times. If Criterion will not release it again, then another studio should pick it up and make a great DVD of this film. The standout performances of Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson and the direction of Alfred Hitchcock make this a must-have for any serious film buff.
BEST FILM EVER MADE
My absolute all time favorite film. Hitchcock is my all time favorite director> He directed this classic love story almost word for word in Dauphne du Maurier's masterpiece. FANTASTIC!!!!
This is one of Hitchcock's best. I cannot understand why it has not yet been released to DVD. The story is compelling, the acting is superb and it is a shame to keep this off DVD. PLEASE make Rebecca available on DVD for all Hitchcock fans.
It's great; well worth being on DVD
Hitchcock was a great director of so many films. The gothic romance is well written and well played out. And the actors; the old pro Olivier, a fresh faced Fontaine, icy Judith Anderson, dotty Florence Bates... I love this movie. I'd snap up the DVD version in a heartbeat.
As a Hitchcock fan I have the majority of the great one's movies - but not Rebecca!! Why is this great movie not available on DVD? It was the only movie by Mr Hitchcok to receive an academy award.
- leslie c rome
i would like to know why this movie is not on dvd yet another great classic overlooked!!!!!!
It's a Crime
It's almost a crime that this great and wonderful movie is not on DVD for everyone to enjoy. It should be. VOTE for it to be released even if you haven't seen it yet, because then you can if it's on DVD! This one's a real winner!!!
In my Top 10 favorites!
- Pamela Morrett
This is a fabulous movie!!!! The story and the acting are terrific. I would recommend this movie to anyone. I love it!!!
Rebecca is available on DVD!!!
- Mira Almonor
I am a collector of classic movies on DVD. Rebecca was in the first batch of DVDs that I bought. Olivier and Fontaine are absolutely wonderful, but I love Judith Andersen in this movie and who can forget the slippery George Sanders. This movie is a 10 x 10!
Rebecca - In my Top 5!!
- Diane Renee
I love this movie, and watch it once a week, atleast!! It has everything. I see Rebecca (herself) as a Vivien Leigh look alike. Olivier and Fontaine are so good together! An oscar should go to the ensemble cast of this movie. They're all excellent. It still holds my interest each time I see it, and never fails to entertain!! Hitchcock wins this one!!
I can't see this movie enough!!
I love this movie. It's my favorite Hitchcock movie. It is dark and mysterious and never fails to entertain. I have even gotten my husband hooked on it. I have read the book but in this rare case I feel that the book is not as good as the movie and that is due to the great performances and Hitchcocks masterful touch. If it ever comes out on DVD I'll be right there buying two copies because I'm sure to wear one out!
I need that movie in my collection!
- ms vette
I owned that movie on DVD about 5 years ago and my house was burglarized. I was so upset, because it is one of my favorite movies. I can almost recite the whole movie. To me, it is one Hitchcock's greatest works.
My all-time favorite movie, too!
The book is wonderful but the movie is great!
'Rebecca' on DVD NOW!!!
If you look on Amazon.com, they have 'Rebecca' on DVD... it's the "import" version which means it has Koran subtitles but it's still in English and all you have to do is turn the subtitles off! GREAT MOVIE!
This is my all time favorite movie
- Michelle Dominguez
this was one of the first classic movies i saw and it made me watch more and more of tcm. now all i watch are classic movies and rebecca is still my favorite.
I absolutly love this Movie
I loved the book. So when I found out it became a movie I had to watch it. Then there on TCM it was. Please show this on tv again and help it become a dvd.
- Cheryl McKeown
This was Hitchcock first American movie. Everytime it comes on, I have to watch it. I really love this movie. Alfred Hitchcock was the greatest director.
I Love this Movie
- Jenn Brang
This move started my love for the classics. This movie has it all, murder suspense, love ect... TCM i wish you would put it on more often!!