Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." From the first classic line of this unforgettable film, Rebecca casts its spell. David O. Selznick brought Alfred Hitchcock to the United States in order to give this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel the proper atmosphere. The resulting film is a stunning marriage of their sensibilities. It paid off critically and financially as well. Like Gone with the Wind, which Selznick released a year earlier, Rebecca won the Academy Award for Best Picture.Laurence Olivier stars as Maxim de Winter, who, reeling from the recent and unexpected death of his glamorous wife Rebecca, impulsively marries a young and adoring governess (Joan Fontaine). The new Mrs de Winter tries to fit into her role as mistress of the great house Manderley, but every step she takes is haunted by Rebecca's spirit. The ghost's brooding presence is personified by the insanely meticulous Mrs Danvers, brilliantly portrayed by Judith Anderson. As Fontaine's character begins to uncover the dark secrets of the de Winter clan, the house seems to take on a life of its own.Passionate love and romance blend seamlessly with typically Hitchcockian emphases on guilt, sexuality and Gothic horror. The production values are stunning and the cast is excellent, down to the least of the supporting players. While Rebecca has enough surprises to captivate even the most jaded of moviegoers, it is also one of those rare films that improves with each viewing. --Raphael Shargelfrom£4.49 | RRP:
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Drama based on the gothic romance by Daphne Du Maurier. Emilia Fox stars as the second wife of recently widowed aristocrat Max de Winter, whose first wife, the eponymous Rebecca, was - from all accounts - a beautiful socialite adored by the Manderley housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Diana Rigg, who won an Emmy for her performance). An innocent, shy young middle class girl half her husband's age, the new Mrs de Winter finds herself lost and alone in a world where social graces and accomplishments are everything. But unfortunately for her, she soon discovers that the bitterness and resentment of Mrs Danvers is the least of her troubles...
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Based on Daphne du Maurier&39;s classic novel this Masterpiece Theatre adaptation stars Emilia Fox as Mrs De Winter the second wife of the aging aristocrat Maxim De Winter (Dance) Mrs De Winter a young middle class girl met her husband while he was traveling and the two almost instantly fell in love even though Maxim was still grieving over his wife Rebecca that died only one year earlier The two impulsively decide to get married and enjoy a blissful romance until the two return to Manderlay Maxim&39;s estate and Mrs De Winter finds that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone there especially the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Rigg) who goes so far as to refer to her as the second Mrs De Winter
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