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Rebecca

Alfred Hitchcock

 
Rebecca (Criterion Blu-Ray)

5 Sep 2017

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1940
  • 130 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #135

Romance becomes psychodrama in the elegantly crafted Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock’s first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley—her groom’s baroque ancestral mansion—she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the estate but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography.

Cast

Maxim de WinterLaurence Olivier
"I"Joan Fontaine
Jack Favell George Sanders
Mrs. DanversJudith Anderson
Beatrice Lacy Gladys Cooper
Giles LacyNigel Bruce
Frank CrawleyReginald Denny
Colonel JulyanC. Aubrey Smith
Mrs. Van HopperFlorence Bates
The coronerMelville Cooper
Dr. BakerLeo G. Carroll
BenLeonard Carey
FrithEdward Fielding
RobertPhilip Winter

Credits

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Produced byDavid O. Selznick
Screenplay byRobert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison
Adaptation byPhilip MacDonald and Michael Hogan
Photographed byGeorge Barnes
Music byFranz Waxman
Special effects byJack Cosgrove
Art directionLyle Wheeler
Interiors designed byJoseph B. Platt
Interior decoration byHoward Bristol
Supervising film editorHal C. Kern
Associate film editorJames E. Newcom

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration
  • Audio commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • New conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
  • New interview with film historian Craig Barron on Rebecca’s visual effects
  • Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of “Rebecca,” a 2016 French television documentary
  • Making-of documentary from 2007
  • Footage of screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests for actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
  • Casting gallery with notes by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick
  • Hitchcock interviewed by Tom Snyder on a 1973 episode of NBC’s Tomorrow
  • Tomorrow interview with Fontaine from 1980
  • Audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
  • Three radio versions of Rebecca, from 1938, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welles’s adaptation of the novel for the Mercury Theatre
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and Selznick biographer David Thomson and selected Selznick production correspondence, including with Hitchcock

    Cover painting by Robert Hunt

Film Essays

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Rebecca: Welcome to the Haunted House

By David Thomson September 05, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock achieved Oscar-winning success with this psychological thriller, a tumultuous collaboration with producer David O. Selznick. Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca: The Two Mrs. de Winters

By Robin Wood November 19, 2001

Rebecca marks the most decisive single step both in Hitchcock’s career and aesthetic evolution: the move to America, the first time working under (and intermittently struggling against) a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca

By Leonard Leff July 01, 1990

As David O. Selznick put Gone with the Wind into production in the late 1930s, he realized that he needed help with other pictures on the studio schedule. He had soon hired a rotund Englishman . . . Read more »

Video

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Constructing the Eerie World of Rebecca

September 06, 2017

Oscar-winning visual effects artist and film historian Craig Barron takes a close look at the techniques used to create the gothic atmosphere of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_680id_387_thumbnail

Rebecca: Welcome to the Haunted House

By David Thomson September 05, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock achieved Oscar-winning success with this psychological thriller, a tumultuous collaboration with producer David O. Selznick. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Video

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Eyes of Hitchcock

By :: kogonada September 26, 2014

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Photo Galleries


Chef du Cinema

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Chef du Cinema: The Lady Vanishes

By Ron Deutsch December 08, 2011

Sir Alfred Hitchcock once said, “I’m not a heavy eater. I’m just heavy, and I eat.” Hitchcock’s father was a grocer, so we can assume young Alfie grew up knowing his way around food. His films . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca: The Two Mrs. de Winters

By Robin Wood November 19, 2001

Rebecca marks the most decisive single step both in Hitchcock’s career and aesthetic evolution: the move to America, the first time working under (and intermittently struggling against) a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Rebecca

By Leonard Leff July 01, 1990

As David O. Selznick put Gone with the Wind into production in the late 1930s, he realized that he needed help with other pictures on the studio schedule. He had soon hired a rotund Englishman . . . Read more »

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