#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A shy ladies’ companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley.
Plot: Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.
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A good movie and interesting plot but the characters are a little bit exaggerated and the outcome is quite expectable.
Absolutely perfect Gothic Thriller that has many imitators but few of equal quality.
With “Rebecca” about to hit the Broadway stage (as a musical!), I thought it was time to write my review of perhaps my favorite Hitchcock film. I recall the first time I saw this on TV almost 30 years ago on the late show, I had set my VCR to tape it, but woke up to start watching a bit of it, and stayed up all night to watch it all. That’s how good a film it is. Daphne Du Maurier’s tale of a shy companion who shocks her employer by winning the most desired wealthy widow in England is gripping, suspenseful, and filled with innuendo. Joan Fontaine never gave a more lovely performance as the awkward bride who leaves her hysterically selfish employer (Florence Bates) to marry the brooding Maxim De Winter (Laurence Olivier) and finds animosity from the darkly dressed Mrs. Danver (Judith Anderson) who resents her intrusion because of her devotion to Maxim’s late wife, Rebecca. The mystery of how Rebecca died and what kind of woman she really was is explored, and with the intrusion of scoundrel George Sanders and some well-meaning advice from Maxim’s toothy sister (Gladys Cooper), the new Mrs. De Winter (her first name is never revealed) finds out more than she bargained for.
If you thought Olivier’s Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights” was dark and somewhat depressing, wait until you meet his more civilized Maxim. Joan Fontaine’s bride is as far from Merle Oberon’s “wild and sweet” Cathy as you can find, but as far as Gothic tales of brooding men and their lost souls go, the two movies make a perfect double feature. Samuel Goldwyn and David Selznick were Hollywood’s most famous independent producers, so sometimes their careers are compared. They share many of the same players, and in the case of these two films, the same photographer (Gregg Toland). Fontaine and Olivier work well on screen together, even though they apparently did not share a close working relationship. It is, however, the supporting players who are the shining stars.
Anderson’s Mrs. Danvers is a role we’ve already seen on screen (usually played by Gale Sondergaard), but being Anderson’s second film (and first in 7 years), there was a lot of curiosity surrounding her considering her reputation as one of Broadway’s hottest dramatic actresses. Mrs. Danvers isn’t a one dimensional evil housekeeper; You understand her affection for the late Rebecca from the very beginning, and in every movement Anderson makes, you cannot take your eyes off of her. I can’t praise her highly enough. Sanders’ suave villain (who playfully calls Mrs. Danvers “Danny”) is extremely likable and almost equal in stealing away the attention of the leads. Gladys Cooper and Nigel Bruce add on a delightful “pip pip” quality to their eccentric characters, while in her brief time on screen, Florence Bates is hysterically funny, putting out a cigarette in her cold cream, and coolly telling Fontaine how she can never truly be a “great lady”.
Every moment here is a classic movie memory, from the opening narration to Fontaine’s first vision of De Winter, and then, the rainy ride down to where Fontaine sees Mandalay for the first time. The light first quarter darkens the moment we see Anderson pop into view as Mrs. Danvers. A cold pause, then “How Do You Do” reveals the tension, and from there, everything is set. Anderson explodes in two scenes-the first where she finds the hiding Fontaine in Rebecca’s old room, and later, when Fontaine confronts Anderson after discovering her treachery. The film sags just a bit with the discovery of a body that might be Rebecca’s, but that is minor. C. Aubrey Smith is memorable in his small role as Maxim’s attorney. The final shot will live on in your memory, just as Mandalay lived on in the second Mrs. De Winter’s.
While “Rebecca” won Best Film at that year’s Academy Awards, many film historians prefer the message drama “The Grapes of Wrath” as the better film. I find the two rank very close, and also quibble over between the choice of Jane Darwell for Supporting Actress over Anderson’s Mrs. Danvers. A big mistake was not nominating Sanders. A BBC version years later is also very good, a bit more faithful to the novel, and benefits from Diana Rigg as a more approachable Mrs. Danvers and a very diva-ish performance by Faye Dunaway in the Florence Bates role.
The only Alfred Hitchcock (Oscar-nominated for directing) film to win the Best Picture Oscar, “Rebecca” is one of those typical films from the amazing director that chills, entertains and puts you on the edge of your seat each time you watch it. Joan Fontaine (Oscar-nominated) has just married the very wealthy Laurence Olivier (also Oscar-nominated), but she is haunted by his mysterious housekeeper (a show-stopping Oscar-nominated performance by Judith Anderson) and the memory of the film’s titled character (Olivier’s late wife). Hitchcock, noted for his subtle sexual under-tones in films spares none of that here as Anderson’s character and the late titled character’s relationship seemed to go much further than employee-employer. Anderson slowly tries to drive Fontaine to insanity and the end she may accomplish her devious goal. Hitchcock’s first real major U.S. debut stunned the Academy and audiences alike and would lead to the coveted Best Picture Oscar. It is not the best film the legendary director ever worked on, but it is still an amazingly good production that works on many cinematic levels. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
A film with a nameless protagonist and an invisible namesake
This was Alfred Hitchcock’s first American-made film. Quite frankly, I’m amazed at how well Hitchcock “got” what American audiences wanted in their suspense films, hitting them out of the park from the moment he began working in the US.
Apart from being a tad bit long, this is a well made film. I love the inside of Mandalay and Sir Laurence Olivier played a wonderful mysterious and sullen Maximillian De Winter opposite his new wife, a beautiful and naive young Joan Fontaine who is never even given a name here, probably deliberately and in keeping with how mousy and “second hand” she feels about herself in relation to the first and late Mrs. De Winter, who is actually Rebecca from the title.
Of course there is also George Sanders, playing the type of character he is best known for–sarcastic, snobby, self-assured, pompous, witty and verbose. He hits the nail on the head as Rebecca’s “cousin” – so he calls himself. Of course the most eerie and unsettling character was Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca’s housekeeper or “maid in waiting.” Danvers takes great pains in sabotaging the second Mrs. De Winter’s marital relationship with Max de Winter,–even going as far as calmly urging her to to plunge to her death into the water from Rebecca’s bedroom window at Mandalay. There are a couple of twists in this movie, but I won’t give them away. It’s best if you watch them unfold yourself in true Hitchcockian style.
I will say that Rebecca, the first wife of Max de Winter, is NEVER seen, but we learn about her by what is said about her by the various characters, even going as far as seeing the untouched shrine of a bedroom maintained by Mrs. Danvers. But soon you learn that Rebecca was never the perfect wife Danvers and others make her out to be. The ending is a surprise in more way than one, and yet Mrs. Danvers gets the last word in her own way. A great movie by Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 10 min (130 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel), Robert E. Sherwood (screen play), Joan Harrison (screen play), Philip MacDonald (adaptation), Michael Hogan (adaptation)
Actors Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
Awards Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations.
Production Company Selznick International Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (14 reels), 3,540 m (Yugoslavia), 3,600 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm