Rebecca (1940 Film)

Rebecca (1940 film)


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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by David O. Selznick
Screenplay by Philip MacDonald
Michael Hogan
Story by Joan Harrison
Robert E. Sherwood
Based on the novel Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier
Narrated by Joan Fontaine
Starring Laurence Olivier
Joan Fontaine
Judith Anderson
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography George Barnes
Editing by W. Donn Hayes
Studio Selznick International Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • April 12, 1940 (1940-04-12)
Running time 130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,288,000

Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological dramatic noir thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock as his first American project, and his first film produced under his contract with David O. Selznick. The film's screenplay was an adaptation by Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood from Philip MacDonald's and Michael Hogan's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel of the same name, and was produced by Selznick. It stars Laurence Olivier as the aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter, Joan Fontaine as his second wife, and Judith Anderson as the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

The film is a gothic tale about the lingering memory of the title character, Maxim de Winter's dead first wife, which continues to haunt Maxim, his new bride, and Mrs. Danvers. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Since the introduction of awards for actors in supporting roles, this is the only film named Best Picture that won no other Academy Award for acting, directing or writing.

It was the opening film at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival in 1951.

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