Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

  • Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith
  • USA | 130mins | 1940 | rated (PG)

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. 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 of 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.