Monday, April 21, 2014

R = Rebecca

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter
Joan Fontaine as the new Mrs. De Winter

The new young Mrs. de Winter is brought to Manderley by her husband and the master of the house Mr. de Winter. Little does she realize she’s up against the ghost of Rebecca and the crazy housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

Maxim’s first wife was horrible but the way people speak of her, his new wife things she was perfect and well loved. Rebecca was anything but nice. She had multiple affairs, even with her cousin. 

Ultimately, her bad health got her, as she became filled with cancer. She wanted to die and ruin Maxim too. She almost got her last wish.
Mr. de Winter’s secrets keep him from being honest with his new bride. The tale becomes ever more twisted as the truth rises to the surface. The crazy housekeeper still loyal to the despicable Rebecca comes to her end.

We’re led to believe that the de Winters find happiness elsewhere.
Moral of the story: be honest with your spouse.

The performances are wonderful. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards. Rebecca  is a wonderful movie to watch on a rainy day.

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Tony Laplume said...

Ah, Hitchcock...

Colleen Chen said...

Love the movie. Love the book even more. I actually just put it on my e-reader to read again, so I'm happy to see it highlighted here. :)