in about 100 words or less
US 130m, B&W
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
A psychological thriller adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel of the same, Rebecca is a masterpiece in the use of light and shadow, and is arguably Hitchcock’s best looking film. Haunted by the memory of his first wife’s death, an English aristocrat and his newlywed bride attempt to make their home at Manderley, his Gothic country mansion. Overwhelmed by comparisons to Rebecca, and tormented by Mrs. Danvers, the estate’s domineering housekeeper, the new Mrs. de Winter’s discovers the dark truth about the Rebecca’s death (Klaus Ming November 2013).