"...sumptuous..." - Leonard Maltrin
Rebecca was named Best Picture of the year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1940, but chances are it could win any year. This brilliant adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's celebrated novel won virtually every accolade imaginable, including two Academy Awards and nine other nominations. Thanks to the masterful direction of Alfred Hitchcock, this all-time cinema classic is as chilling and dramatic today as when it first released.
A timid young ladies companion (Joan Fontaine) is on vacation where she meets the handsome and wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier), whose wife Rebecca had recently died in a boating accident. The two fall in love, and once married, the new Mrs. De Winter returns to the Winter estate to find that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone there.