‘Rebecca’: Alfred Hitchcock transforms seductive love story into satisfying suspense

Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson in 'Rebecca'
Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson in ‘Rebecca’

[rating=4]Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Writer(s): Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, Robert E. Sherwood, and Joan Harrison; based upon the novel by Daphne Du Maurier

To precede any one of Hitchcock’s films with “Hitchcock’s Masterpiece…” is practically redundant. It’s like calling the theory of relativity “Einstein’s Stroke of Genius” or calling David “Michelangelo’s Breathtaking Sculpture”: It simply goes without saying. So, when talking about a Hitchcock film, one should just assume a discussion of a truly great piece of filmmaking. Rebecca, currently available in a Criterion Collection double-disc set, is no exception.

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