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Rebecca (1940) (PG)

Rebecca (1940)

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Sunday 29 Nov 202013:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 10m

Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film (and his only Best Picture winner – accepted by Producer David O. Selznick), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.

Closely adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s bestselling novel. Hitchcock had only just directed another adaptation of a du Maurier novel – Jamaica Inn – in England, making an interesting comparison in styles.

Acting great, Laurence Olivier is Maxim de Winter, heading an impressive cast of entirely British actors, which includes George Sanders as the thoroughly slimy Jack Favell and Judith Anderson as the sinister Mrs Danvers, one of Hitchcock’s recurring matriarchal villains. As the film’s unnamed heroine, Joan Fontaine does an excellent job of conveying the anxiety of a young innocent who finds herself enmeshed in a suspenseful, emotionally fraught tale or murder, romance and intrigue.

Captivating from its famous opening lines to its finale, this is one of Hitchcock's finest - and that's saying something.


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