Tired old queen at the movies


oan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier star in Alfred Hitchcock's first American production, David O' Selznick's version of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca.

An extremely faithful and glamorous adaptation of the bestselling suspense classic, Rebecca was shot in the grand tradition that had been set the previous year by Selznick's Oscar winning production of Gone With The Wind. Eager to make a successful follow-up, Selznick imported British director Alfred Hitchcock and set him on his way to a brilliant career in America by giving him the only picture he ever directed that would win the Best Picture Oscar. Besides the two glamorous leads, the supporting cast includes George Sanders, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, the hilarious Florence Bates in her screen debut as Mrs. Van Hopper and the unforgettable Dame Judith Anderson as the evil housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. Thanks to Selznick, Rebecca is lavish, romantic film making at its best, directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

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Here at ka-os|theory, Steve Hayes is regarded as a legend. He's opened up a whole world of cinematic pleasure, and fired up my appreciation of film. His enthusiasm is infectious, electrifying, and unfailingly on point. The films he recommends are always worth seeing, and several have become firm favourites. If you have even a passing interest in movies, watch a couple of reviews. They're fun, funny, and you'll be intrigued. As he says, "Trust the tired old movie queen, this is terrific!"

(Syndication is with the kind permission of Steve Hayes. I'd recommend that readers check out his YouTube channel and explore his reviews. Discover the joy of vintage cinema - I did!)


Moanerplicity said...

Good Hitch (not great) film. Both stars were at the top of their Hollywood glamour game. Olivier had mad swag for days & the tension was always present in the script & in the acting choices. Always felt Ingrid Bergman would've been a better choice as opposed to Fontaine, because of the angelic vulnerability Bergman often projected in her youth, which woulda made Judith Anderson 's badass obsessed latent lesbo bitch role even more chilling.

Loved the ending, & that horrific fire scene where the evil witch finally got her just desserts!


Liberator Émigré Éire said...

Love, love, LOVE your addendumsm Mista Plicity!

I love Hitchcock, but this is one I've yet to get to...

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