Rebecca

Rebecca

DVD - 2017
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A young woman who believes she has found her heart's desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter. But upon moving to Manderley, her groom's baroque ancestral mansion, she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781681433509
1681433508
Branch Call Number: DVD R
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 130 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0
full screen (1.33:1),24 fps
NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1

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It seems that Alfred Hitchcock's films are favorites for remakes (see "The Lady Vanishes" above). But this original movie of "Rebecca," which won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar, features the most memorable cast of characters--with Laurence Olivier as the dashing Maxim de Winter, ... Read More »


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TBrien
May 18, 2019

Haunting and a bit bewildering, "Rebecca" stands the test of time and asks a universal question: can we ever really escape our ghosts?

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nivlem
Feb 17, 2019

Wow. Such a great film with terrific performances. The way Hitchcock uses shadows is so effective. Can't believe I only saw this in 2019. It's no wonder that the film has so many memorable often-quoted lines and imitated characters. (Mrs. Danvers is the original!)

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matcat44
Jan 10, 2019

Great nostalgia. For me its the best opening line for book or movie I’ve ever heard.
By today’s acting, it seems very stilted, and some of the close ups in cars are obviously using a moving backdrop. However it’s still worth seeing, and I enjoyed it.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 23, 2018

GOOD 1940 film - Alfred Hitchcock's first American film. I especially enjoyed the very good camera work as a scene started and then the camera would do a bit of movement to show off the fine production setting - lots of terrific scenery in that mansion.

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ba_library
Jan 17, 2018

I don’t think I have ever seen this Hitchcock film! Starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier based on a novel by Daphane Du Maurier. A young woman (Fontaine) works as a companion to an older woman on vacation in Monte Carlo. They meet with an English man Mr. De Winter while on vacation. Mr. De Winter and the young woman fall in love, marry and go back to his estate in England. The house, home, grounds and staff all seem to be haunted by Mr. De Winter’s first wife Rebecca who died a year ago in a boating accident. The new Mrs. De Winter (she does not have a first name) is having a hard time blending in as the aura and legacy of Rebecca surrounds, stifles, and subdues the setting. The disappearance of Rebecca becomes increasingly mysterious and the remaining characters in Mr. De Winter’s life are very mysterious and occasionally frightening, threatening, scary or just plain creepy. The film won the Oscar in 1940 for best picture. I was wondering, did Hitchcock make his cameo in this film? I did not see him – he usually walks by, plays the bus driver, etc. in his films. I had to look it up, he does make his cameo near the end when the cousin is talking to the police. Classic Hitchcock film!

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VicariousME
Nov 26, 2017

This movie took me to another place where I was entertained. There was suspense and a plot that developed at a pace that teased without the torment of boredom. When I thought all hope was lost, the main characters proven to be triumphant.

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MovieLover_47
Oct 16, 2017

I maintain that Hitchcock's best films were his early black and white films done in America. This is the best if not one his best films. If you have any doubt about Hitchcocks black and white films, do yourself a favour and watch: Rebecca, Shadow of A Doubt, Suspicion, I Confess,
and The Wrong Man. His later colour films such as Northwest By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, Rear Window and Vertigo while good films pale in comparison to Rebecca and the other "old" black and whites.

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Nursebob
Oct 13, 2017

Hitchcock's first Hollywood film (and only Oscar winner) is an over-the-top gothic love story laced with fog and shadows; where steely glances cast daggers and a pervasive sense of gloom threatens to snuff out any hint of happiness. Although Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are perfectly cast as the newlyweds---her squeaky little dormouse playing against his grief-stricken stoicism---it is Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers the housekeeper who steals every scene, her not entirely sane glares hinting at evil intentions and forbidden desires as she jealously berates the helpless bride while fawning lovingly over the dead Rebecca’s collection of fur coats and panties. Unintentionally camp by today’s standards but that only makes it more enjoyable!

Mayflower94 Mar 13, 2017

Seeing Rebecca for the first time decades ago when I was in my teens, I fell in love, in love with movies from the Hollywood golden era, in love with its gleaming stars and film masters. My passion for classic films is still as strong as ever.

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arizonaiscool
Jan 26, 2016

Have you seen Hitchcock's Rebecca? Has it been a while since you've seen this film? It had been a while since I'd seen this film, and it was great! I stayed up way past my bedtime watching this movie because I couldn't wait to find out how it ends. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you! Every character actor gave a great performance, and the plot twists will keep you hanging.

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lgsigler Jun 28, 2014

Maxim de Winter :“I didn't know companionship could be bought.”

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Monolith
Nov 01, 2012

Major Giles Lacy: "Well, how do you like Manderley?" The second Mrs. de Winter: "Very beautiful, isn't it." Beatrice Lacy: "And how do you get along with Mrs. Danvers?" The second Mrs. de Winter: "Well, I... I've never met anyone quite like her before..." Major Giles Lacy: "You mean she scares you. She's not exactly an 'oil painting', is she? Ha, ha, ha."

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Monolith
Nov 01, 2012

Mrs. Danvers (opening the shutters): "...You're overwrought, madam. I've opened a window for you. A little air will do you good. (The second Mrs. de Winter gets up and walks toward the window) Why don't you go? Why don't you leave Manderley? He doesn't need you... he's got his memories. He doesn't love you, he wants to be alone again with her. You've nothing to stay for. You've nothing to live for really, have you? Look down there. It's easy, isn't it? Why don't you? Why don't you? Go on... Go on... Don't be afraid..."

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