Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 130 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1940
Starring: George Sanders, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, Laurence Olivier, Nigel Bruce
Screenwriters: Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison
Producer: David O. Selznick
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” So begins Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film, an elegant, dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic romance novel. Joan Fontaine stars as a young woman who marries a handsome widower (played by a brooding Laurence Olivier) and moves with him to his ancestral home by the sea. Her marital bliss is soon lost in the shadows of the grand mansion, overwhelmed by the still-lingering presence of the first Mrs. de Winter, whose memory is kept alive by the obsessive devotion of the estate’s head housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winner of two — Best Picture and Best Cinematography — Rebecca is one of Hitchcock’s most poetic, haunting films, filled with indelible images that will burn their way into your memory.