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Rebecca (1940) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, Florence Bates

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Based on the famous Daphne Du Maurier novel, REBECCA is a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. Oscar for the best picture in 1941.
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Joan Fontaine, the paid companion of Florence Bates, a rich lady, accidentally meets Laurence Olivier - Maxim de Winter - in Monte Carlo. Laurence Olivier is the wealthy owner of Manderley, the family fancy mansion lost in the Cornwall cliffs near the sea. He is still obsessed with the tragic death of his first wife - Rebecca. But soon he asks Joan Fontaine to marry him and takes her to Manderley. The young woman will have to fight against the souvenir of Rebecca that is still haunting everybody's mind and, above all, against Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper of Manderley, who worshipped the first Lady De Winter.

A classic. AND a great movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Lover is...    -   of a different social class Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning    -   sail boat Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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