Saturday, March 21, 2015


1940 American Feature

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith and Leo G. Carroll
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan (screenplay), Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier

After a young woman marries a wealthy gentleman, she soon begins to fear that she cannot erase the memories of his first wife Rebecca.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 92%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Black and White Cinematography; also nominated for Best Director, Actor (Olivier), Actress (Fontaine), Supporting Actress (Anderson), Screenplay, Black and White Art Direction, Original Score, Film Editing and Special Effects.

  • Daphne du Maurier's classic Gothic romance Rebecca, first published in 1938, has never gone out of print. It won the National Book Award for favorite novel of the year. Three additional books — Mrs. de Winter (1993), The Other Rebecca (1996) and Rebecca's Tale (2001) — were written by other authors under approval of the du Maurier estate.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's first American-made film and his second film (after 1939's Jamaica Inn) based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier. It is also his only film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
  • Casting Call: Anne Baxter, Ronald Colman, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Donat, Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Maureen O'Hara, William Powell, Margaret Sullavan and Loretta Young.
  • The novel Rebecca has been adapted for other mediums several times, including: 1938 American radio play, 1940 London stage play, 1947 British TV movie, 1952 American TV program, 1962 American TV movie, 1964 Indian feature, 1973 Indian feature, 1979 British TV mini-series, 1983 British opera, 1997 British TV movie, 2006 Austrian stage musical, 2008 Italian TV movie and 2008 Indian feature. Another feature film version was announced in 2012.
  • Rebecca was the opening film at the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951.
  • A 1972 episode of The Carol Burnett Show featured a parody of Rebecca titled "Rebecky".
  • As discussed in the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet, the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers has a strong lesbian subtext to her character, particularly in the scene where she shows the new Mrs. de Winter the enshrined wardrobe of the old Mrs. de Winter.
  • In 2001, Rebecca was ranked #80 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, Mrs. Danvers was ranked the #31 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.

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