Sunday, August 9, 2009


Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
Producer: David O. Selznick

My Friend Amy's The Summer of Hitchcock

Rebecca, Hitchcock's first American film, is based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier. It was an Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Cinematography (George Barnes). Although described as a psychological thriller, the movie doesn't quite create the same feeling of tension and suspense as other Hitchcock films. This could be because Selznick had the final cut of the film, which apparently was quite different from Hitchcock's edit. I wish we could see Hitchcock's version for a comparison of the two.

I'll have to admit that, although I enjoyed Rebecca in the end, I became very tired of Joan Fontaine's unnamed character. I kept wanting to tell her to buck up, take some control, and stop letting Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) push you around. I know that would be playing against the character type, but the wide-eyed timidity was starting to greatly annoy me. Laurence Olivier was quite handsome in his day, wasn't he, and I thought he did an excellent job.

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