Rebecca (Criterion Collection) (2-DVD)
The shadow of this woman darkened their love.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 5, 2017
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New 4K Digital Restoration
- Audio Commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
- Isolated music and effects track
- New conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
- New interview with film historian Craig Barron on Rebecca's visual effects
- Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of "Rebecca," a 2016 French television documentary
- Making-of documentary from 2007
- Footage of screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests for actors Joan Fontaine, Annie Baxter, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, Loretta Young
- Casting Gallery with notes by Director Alfred Hitchcock and Producer David 0' Selznick
- Hitchcock interviewed by Tom Snyder on a 1973 episode of NBC's Tomorrow
- Tomorrow interview with Fontaine from 1980
- Audio Interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
- Three radio versions of Rebecca, from 1958, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welle's adaptation of the novel for the Mercury Theatre
- Theatrical re-release trailer
- Plus: An essay by critic and Setznick biographer David Thomson and selected Setznick production correspondence, including with Hitchcock
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine|
|Performer:||George Sanders, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper & Judith Anderson|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||James E. Newcom & Hal C. Kern|
|Screenwriting by||Robert E. Sherwood & Joan Harrison|
|Composition by||Franz Waxman|
|Art Direction by||Lyle R. Wheeler|
|Story by||Daphne du Maurier|
|Produced by||David O. Selznick|
|Director of Photography:||George Barnes|
Academy Awards 1940 - Best Cinematography: George Barnes
Academy Awards 1940 - Best Picture
...REBECCA may be the most assured women's pic ever made...
A stylish and fascinating film which represents the finest example of what Hollywood can do. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
This time Hitchcock does it all his way, does a splendid job and has a splendid cast to do it with. Full Review
One of the finest productional efforts of the past year. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Rebecca is a ghost story without a ghost, a murder mystery without an explicit act of murder. Full Review
Joan Fontaine's performance as the second Mrs. de Winter is intuitive, exquisite, touchingly true. The type of work that comes once to a lifetime. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
It may be conceded that Rebecca is a film well worth careful study by students of the cinema. Full Review
A string of classic suspense films produced in England had earned Alfred Hitchcock a reputation in the United States, and his first American production, REBECCA, cemented his fame. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, REBECCA was conceived to rival producer David O. Selznick's previous epic, GONE WITH THE WIND. This psychological thriller, however, derives its grandeur from Hitchcock's careful cultivation of the title character's haunting legacy. Joan Fontaine takes the starring role and narrates the story of her life as the second Madam de Winter. Fontaine, young and innocent, meets the worldly and sophisticated Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) while vacationing on the Riviera. After a whirlwind romance and marriage, the two return to his opulent English estate, Maderley, where Fontaine begins to realize she is not entirely welcome in her new role. Chief among her detractors is housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), who points out her every failing in relation to the previous mistress of the house, Rebecca. Fontaine is nearly driven to suicide by her inability to understand the mysterious legacy of the first wife. However, when a ship washes ashore, the mystery begins to unravel, setting the stage for the memorable and fiery climax.
REBECCA is Alfred Hitchcock's gothic romance about an innocent and sweet young woman who marries a wealthy gentleman and soon begins to fear that she cannot erase the memories of his first wife, Rebecca. Goaded on by a malevolent housekeeper, the woman attempts to re-create Rebecca's every move, with disastrous results. But gradually the truth about the mysterious Rebecca emerges--a truth that will forever change the woman's perspective on life and love. Based on the 1938 novel by Daphne Du Maurier, the film marked Hitchcock's American debut.
- Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock stands outside a phone booth watching Jack Favell (George Sanders).
- Hitchcock vetoed David Niven for the role of Max de Winter.
- Hitchcock had the opportunity to buy the rights for REBECCA while shooting THE LADY VANISHES but thought the price was too high at the time.
- Hitchcock used miniatures for scenes of the mansion and the road leading to the house.
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