Rebecca (1940)

The second Mrs. de Winter is a shy and naive young woman, besotted with charming and urbane Maxim de Winter. They meet and fall in love while vacationing on the Riviera, and after a speedy marriage, return to Maxim's vast English… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 27, 1940
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Consensus: Hitchcock's first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

It is the finest job of direction accomplished by a master director and may justly be called Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Through its first two-thirds it is as perfect a myth of adolescence as any of the Disney films, documenting the childlike, nameless heroine's initiation into the adult mysteries of sex, death, and identity.

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S. James Wegg

Saved by the belle, wreck and faint

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TIME Magazine

This time Hitchcock does it all his way, does a splendid job and has a splendid cast to do it with.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Hitchcock shows superb technical control and attends to his trademark motifs, from monstrous mother figures to the fetishisation of clothing.

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Patrick Humphries
Empire Magazine

Perhaps without the shock and suspense of subsequent work, this is nevertheless another undoubted masterpiece from the atmospheric film maker, and just as essential.

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Variety Staff

One of the finest productional efforts of the past year.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

An altogether brilliant film, haunting, suspenseful, handsome and handsomely played.

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Witney Seibold

There are so many rich interpersonal relationships. This is not a romance or a history, but a bout of delicious Gothic psychoanalysis.

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A stupendous film with an exceptional direction, a stunning art direction and cinematography, and excellent performances from Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson,… More
Drew Smith
Rebecca is a bizarre movie. I can think of few films from the early 1940s that are as tonally diffuse, playful with genre, and creepingly sinister as… More
Chris Weber
This was the first film Hitchcock made after moving to the U.S. to further his film career. The subject matter for this assignment is an adaptation of Daphne du… More
Spencer S.
Brooding, dark, a veil of discreet secrecy laced into every scene. These are just some of the ways to describe a story as old as time: Two people fall in love,… More
Graham Jones
This gothic tale has so many twists and turns, that more than 70 years later, it still has the capability to keep audiences on the edge of their seat.
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A bookish young woman enters a whirlwind romance with a debonair aristocrat but finds herself living in the shadow of his previous wife who died under… More

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