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/10
4,556 Ratings

Rebecca

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1940
Romance, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

A young woman’s whirlwind romance with debonair aristocrat Maxim de Winter leads to a hasty marriage and a new home at his glorious estate. But once there, she soon discovers that there are dark secrets surrounding the first Mrs. de Winter.

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Rebecca Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 9 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1941 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

National Film Preservation Board

2018 | Winner: National Film Registry

Viennale

1977

2006

Why Hitchcock would not think to label it a mystery is worth exploring—perhaps he considered it so strongly a gothic romance, or perhaps the unhappy experience of making the film, of vying for control with the talented, tyrannical producer David O. Selznick, had left it sidelined in his heart and mind. “Well it’s not a Hitchcock picture,” he told François Truffaut in 1962. . . . And yet it is impossible not to list it amongst the finest works to bear his name.
December 11, 2017
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[Mrs. de Winter is] struggling to not just be equal to Rebecca, but to be even seen as a full-fledged woman (Maxim seems more comforted by their age difference and that she remain a big-eyed child). Looking at how women’s power and agency is such a terrifying force to (mostly) men in Rebecca, there are times I feel Rebecca’s fortitude is a continued rebellion – she’s howling from the grave, full of mischief and madness. She’s still upsetting the status quo.
September 19, 2017
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It’s riddled with dizzying layers of neurosis that are intensified by its very polish. The film taught Hitchcock a key lesson in dissonance and contrast, as the Selznick-ian glamour of the sets and actors heightens our awareness of what’s not being directly mentioned: the erotic suppression that drives the narrative.
September 08, 2017
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