Rebecca

Rebecca

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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A young woman 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.

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AydinK
Dec 18, 2020

A very faithful adaptation of the novel--nearly line for line--with the exception of the single most crucial and compelling plot point, so as to comply with the Hays Code. Laurence Olivier isn't how I'd have casted Maximilian de Winter, but he grew on me. Loved Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs. de Winter. To me, the real gem of this DVD, however, is the documentary on the second disc, "Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca." As someone who loved the book and plans to read more of du Maurier's work, this biography was illuminating as well as validating of some of the LGBTQ dynamics I observed in the novel. It is roughly an hour long and well worth it.

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dirtbag
Dec 15, 2020

Very dated. I thought it was funny that DeWinter referred to her as a little fool and she still married him. Women had very different lives back in the day. The acting is good and you care about the characters.

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StoicBookaholic
Oct 28, 2020

To express myself in JT words....Netflix try to do remake of the same movie sucks....this one, doesn’t!

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bdehler
Jul 14, 2020

Very good movie and story...timeless story.

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victoriadouglas135
Apr 17, 2020

Eery

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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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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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