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Rebecca

Call Number

  • BLU-RAY MYSTERY/THRILLER (CEN)

Edition

Two-Blu-ray special edition.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Florence Bates, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Leonard Carey, Lumsden Hare, Edward Fielding, Philip Winter, Forrester Harvey.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (130 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm).

Audience

Not rated.

Summary

"Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart's desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley her groom s baroque ancestral mansion she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock's legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography."--Container.

Notes

Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1940.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; audio commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff ; isolated music and effects track ; new conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White ; new interview with film historian Craig Barron on Rebecca's visual effects ; Daphne du Maurier: in the footsteps of "Rebecca," a 2016 French television documentary ; making-of-documentary from 2007 ; footage of screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests for actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullivan, and Loretta Young ; casting gallery with notes by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick ; Hitchcock interviewed by Tom Snyder on a 1973 episode of NBC's Tomorrow ; Tomorrow interview with Fontaine from 1980 ; audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine ; three radio versions of Rebecca, from 1938, 1944, and 1950, including Orson Welles's adaptation of the novel for the Mercury Theater ; theatrical release trailer.

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