Rebecca (1940) | Cinemallennials

Today’s episode is a very special one as not only do we have our first returning guest with Heather Reed coming back on the show, but the film we are looking at, Rebecca which was originally a novel by Daphne du Maurier has a new film adaptation brought to us  by Netflix starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and is now available for all of us to watch. So after you listen to the show watch the new version on Netflix and tell us what you thought!

Now I know I am bending my own rules a bit, but like I said, this is a very special occasion. Heather is the person that finally pressured me into not being intimidated by Hitchcock’s legacy of scares and thrills and to actually watch one and then two of his films over the next two days.

Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood picture and is the only film of his that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Rebecca’s influence much like it’s titular character is often considered to be a shadow hanging over the new psychological thrillers director’s films like Villenueve, Fincher, and Ramsey.

Rebecca follows the story of the eventual second Winter, a young naïve woman who falls in love with the rich, sophisticated and vastly complicated Maxim de Winter whose deceased ex-wife, Rebecca haunts his and consequently her daily life even when they return to the vast ancestral de Winter estate, Manderley. What follows is a tale of hidden truths, distrustful help in the form of the housekeeper, Mrs.Danvers, and a terrible secret that is held over the second Mrs. de Winter. So sit back, relax, and don’t take advice from a housekeeper that doesn’t blink.


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