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4,474 Ratings


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1940
Romance, Drama, Mystery


A young woman’s whirlwind romance with debonair aristocrat Maxim de Winter leads to a hasty marriage and a new home at his glorious estate. But once there, she soon discovers that there are dark secrets surrounding the first Mrs. de Winter.

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Rebecca Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 9 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1941 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

National Film Preservation Board

2018 | Winner: National Film Registry




Why Hitchcock would not think to label it a mystery is worth exploring—perhaps he considered it so strongly a gothic romance, or perhaps the unhappy experience of making the film, of vying for control with the talented, tyrannical producer David O. Selznick, had left it sidelined in his heart and mind. “Well it’s not a Hitchcock picture,” he told François Truffaut in 1962. . . . And yet it is impossible not to list it amongst the finest works to bear his name.
December 11, 2017
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[Mrs. de Winter is] struggling to not just be equal to Rebecca, but to be even seen as a full-fledged woman (Maxim seems more comforted by their age difference and that she remain a big-eyed child). Looking at how women’s power and agency is such a terrifying force to (mostly) men in Rebecca, there are times I feel Rebecca’s fortitude is a continued rebellion – she’s howling from the grave, full of mischief and madness. She’s still upsetting the status quo.
September 19, 2017
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It’s riddled with dizzying layers of neurosis that are intensified by its very polish. The film taught Hitchcock a key lesson in dissonance and contrast, as the Selznick-ian glamour of the sets and actors heightens our awareness of what’s not being directly mentioned: the erotic suppression that drives the narrative.
September 08, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Rebecca

    "Master of suspense", sure, though suspense is something Rebecca could use more of. It more established Hitch as a master of psychodrama & masochistic romance—thus the rapturous metaphor of a timid girl who's given no name competing with a "perfect woman" who has a name but is never seen or heard. Only when the movie tries to cram an entire murder plot into the last act does it become too tidy. Trust the irrational.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Rebecca

    [Cinémathèque PT #82: 35 mm (2012)] (3 times on film) Love it do death. First American Hitchcock, yet so British. That opening camera movement? Still haunting me. Love the humor in the Monte Carlo scenes. Love the vertigo, the fog, the fiery logs killing Mrs Danvers, that house, Rebecca's room, them 'staches. The forever scared Joan Fontaine (Hitch did That on purpose) each time I see her I always see a scared girl ▽

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Rebecca

    One of Hitchcock's US masterpieces, 'Rebecca' attains mythical status not only on its pre-Kane-like depiction of Manderlay and the stunning cinematography that unfolds torturingly and suspensefully the magnificent interiors and the secrets locked therein, but mostly on the psychological acumen of repressed resentment, the excellent acting (the last 20 mins. belong to Sanders) and the divine close-ups on Joan Fontane.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Rebecca

    "We can never go back to Manderley again. That much is certain. But sometimes, in my dreams, I do go back..." Rapturous entertainment from start to finish. Joan Fontaine is an absolute fount of youth and loveliness; she serves as an anchor for the audience, even while enduring incredible psychological torture. Some 80 years later, Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" remains a perfect expression of Gothic horror and romance.

  • Risya's rating of the film Rebecca

    A whirlwind. A lot of times I'm anesthetized by its omnipresent eerie tone and sustained mystery, and other times I just wanted to get it over with, but the last 30 minutes really made it together for me! The casts stood out aswell.

  • WhatsUpWill's rating of the film Rebecca

    I love how much time Hitchcock gives to Fontaine's character to develop. As she roams the halls and speaks to the servants of Manderley, every action brings the ghost of Rebecca to life without ever using any sort of special effects to show a typical spectral image of her. Judith Anderson never over acts, yet her seething contempt and jealously is just as haunting as the spirit that haunts the film. A lovely film.

  • Mark Garrett's rating of the film Rebecca

    The shots are typically (of Hitchcock) smart, the best of which being one that centers on a flustered looking Joan Fontaine at the end of a table, and then panning out to show the full, ridiculously out-of-her-league dining room.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Rebecca

    Although the ending is good, the last 30 minutes are terrible. If the film ended at 100 min, instead of running it's absurd 130 min, Rebecca would be a masterpiece. Because it doesn't, it's just a very good film.

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