Rebecca 1939 *****


Daphne Du Maurier’s novel gets the screen treatment is deserved from producer David O Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier as the lovers who find themselves tested by a sinister plot.  The key details, the mansion known as Manderley, Mrs Danvers the sinister housekeeper (beautifully played by Judith Anderson), and the stigma of being the second Mr De Winter are all present, but Rebecca is one of the old films that don’t need much adjustment for a modern audience; characterisation is tight, the production values are strong, and the whole package is seamlessly concocted to intrigue and entertain in a classic style.


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