Several times, I’ve blogged about how the book, Rebecca, changed my reading life from young adult to adult. Not long ago, Handsome and I were talking about this topic, and he mentioned he’d never seen the movie (although he said he knew it from my lengthy talks about it. LOL). The next day in our local paper was an advertisement for special screenings of movies from 1970 and prior. This year’s line-up included Rebecca. Instantly, I emailed Handsome we had to go as I had never seen Rebecca on the big screen.
Rebecca, 1940, and directed by the awesome Alfred Hitchcock, starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, adapted from the 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier. The film adaptation is pretty true to Ms. du Maurier’s plot.
Shot in black and white, the film is considered to be a gothic tale, not a romance. We never see Rebecca, Maxim de Winter's first wife, who died before the story starts, but the audience grows to know her reputation through recollections about her. Her constant presence is kept alive by Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper. Also to note is the second Mrs. de Winter is never called by her first name.The film won two Academy Awards, Outstanding Production and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Funny bit: Mr. Hitchcock lied to Ms. Fontaine, saying that no one in the cast liked her.
Blurb: A naïve paid companion marries an aristocratic widower and becomes intimidated by her responsibilities and the memories of the first wife and doubts her relationship with her husband.
My thoughts: I loved this movie. It is perfectly cast, movies well. There are close up subtleties that are incredible. Truly, one of Hitchcock’s finest movies. I was a little baffled as to why some audience members tittered during it. Maybe because it seemed a little melodramatic.