Thursday, August 21, 2008
Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1940) is one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films. It's a gothic love story where the narrator's name is never revealed. Dark, mysterious, full of suspense...
'A shy ladies companion is staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer when she meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. Max is still troubled by the death of his wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. She and Max fall in love, get married and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. The second Mrs. de Winter meets the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley.'
Someone posted the entire film on Youtube, which is always great when the film is hard to find, and I think this one is. Well, at least it was hard for me when I recently tried to buy it for a friend.
Film frames courtesy of 1000 Frames of Hitchcock.