Film Review : Rebecca (1940)

IMDB Score : 8.3
RT Score : 100%

Out of all the Hitchcock films I’ve seen I think this was the most subtle. Hitchcock has always had a main villain such as in Psycho or Strangers on a Train or a crutch that is known to the audience such as James Stewart’s broken leg in Rear Window or James Stewart’s fear of heights in vertigo. Rebecca is different because nothing really happens. Hitch uses an overwhelming mood throughout the whole film that drives its suspense and plot. The title character, Rebecca De Winter, is never actually seen or heard from. It’s her memory that carries this film. Laurence Olivier was brilliant as always and Joan Fontaine was great as the woman who “replaces” Rebecca. I wouldn’t call this my favorite Hitchcock film but it’s in the top ten. While I liked it for it’s unique sense of mood I just can’t place it above classic like Rear Window and Psycho.


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