Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

I chose “Rebecca” as the first film of 2016 (out of my 100-must-see films) since I have really enjoyed watching Hitchcock’s films over the past few years and I am really fond of some of his works.

A young, inexperienced girl (Joan Fontaine) meets at Monte Carlo a rich widower, the descendant of an aristocratic family, Maxim de Winter (Lawrence Olivier). They fall madly in love, get married shortly after and move at his mansion. Apart from the servants, it seems that in his house still lives the imposing personality of late Mrs. de Winter, through objects that bear the ornate “R” and dramatised narrations of her loyal maid.

While the mystery’s solution is undeniably masterful and some other elements (such as the concealment of the second Mrs. de Winter’s real name, or the fact that we never actually see Rebecca) create a mysterious atmosphere, it’s an extremely slow-paced film. Additionally, the portrayal of women as either too naive or ruthless, affected both my judgement and rating.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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