Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock's first American project. Released in 1940, it is a psychological thriller starring Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter, Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as the superbly creepy housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.
The filming is atmospheric, with Hitchcock's trademark usage of lighting and background music to set the (often gothic) mood. Treachery, mortality, obsession and depression are all depicted in a mystery film that visits romance, drama and comedy.
And it even has a suprisingly complex and satisfying finish. Marvellous stuff.
Thanks to Mr Gnome for the recommendation.