I’d never seen Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of the novel Rebecca, but a friend suggested it and lent me her DVD so I gave it a try. From the start, I was drawn into this film and now want to read the book.
A suspenseful, elegant movie, Rebecca tells about a mousy travel companion to an elderly woman, who’s swept off her feet by a dashing aristocrat (Lawrence Olivier) who recently lost his wife (Joan Fontaine). They soon marry, and when the new Mrs. de Winter arrives at the family mansion with its intimidating housekeeper and staff, viewers quickly wonder whether this sweet young woman hasn’t married in haste. The first wife’s presence hangs about the house and the young Mrs. de Winter accidentally makes one mistake after another. Her husband’s temper erupts with the smallest provocation. The first wife’s death is shrouded in mystery and the housekeeper’s creepy and her obsession with how wonderful Rebecca de Winter was is fanatical.
The film moves as quickly as the whirlwind romance and Olivier and Fontaine head up a strong cast. The ending was unexpected. I’d definitely watch this film again and again.