Rebecca 1940: The fireworks of the suspense master Hitchcock and the acting great Olivier

Ignatius 2022-04-20 09:01:34

It was the first time I saw the work produced by the famous Hitchcock, and sure enough, the whole movie revealed a terrifying atmosphere. Among them, the soundtrack and camera language help a lot in achieving this effect.

At the beginning of the film, as soon as Voice over and the camera are aimed at the waves and the shore, my mind is full of Olivier's To Be or Not to Be soliloquy in the 1948 version of Hamlet. It is undeniable that Olivier has learned a lot from Hitchcock from acting as the male protagonist to directing and acting, so he made a tribute to the classics in the subsequent Shakespeare-turned-movie.

In addition to my first impressions above, the casting also left a deep impression on me. First of all, I personally feel that Olivier's role as Manderley's hero Max de Winter in this film is much more suitable than his subsequent role as the vengeful prince in Hamlet. In the literature I checked before, some people commented that Olivier has a melancholy aristocratic temperament, which is just right here, but I feel a little too old-fashioned in Hamlet. I don’t know if there is a reason for age. Experience randomly evaluates the role fit. Second, heroine new Mrs. Winter, played by Joan Fontaine. I didn't even watch Joan's movie before (I'm so ignorant, so I'll make up for it in the future), which is in line with my estimate of "cautious, suspicious, and simple" The kind of Cinderella image. However, I was a little unaccustomed to her (I think) her obviously restrained, cowardly facial and upper body movements at first, especially when she was in the car with Max. Later, I got used to it and liked her in black and white light and shadow. The contours of her face, and her clothes? It's elegant and good-looking.

In short, after the film adaptation course is over, I watched it immediately in order to complete my homework. It was a good viewing experience. After I finish reading the original book, I will make a comparison~

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Extended Reading
  • Cale 2022-04-24 07:01:05

    The first half is the story of Cinderella, and the second half is the jealousy of the housekeeper with a dark heart. There is suspense in love. The whole city of Mandalay is full of the remnants of the deceased lady. Becca's death was a shackle and a mess of an unhappy marriage. The doctor's testimony untied the cruel woman's mentality of framing it, and a fire fixed the final struggle.

  • Dana 2021-11-12 08:01:24

    Unexpectedly, Vivien Leigh's favorite man looks like a gentleman, and the plot is generally okay. In fact, the director can dig Rebecca’s and the mysterious butler’s lily tendencies

Rebecca quotes

  • Mrs. Danvers: [as the second Mrs. de Winter runs into the room] I watched you go down just as I watched her a year ago. Even in the same dress you couldn't compare.

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: You knew it! You knew that she wore it, and yet you deliberately suggested I wear it. Why do you hate me? What have I done to you that you should ever hate me so?

    Mrs. Danvers: You tried to take her place. You let him marry you. I've seen his face - his eyes. They're the same as those first weeks after she died. I used to listen to him, walking up and down, up and down, all night long, night after night, thinking of her, suffering torture because he lost her!

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: [turning away in shame and shock] I don't want to know, I don't want to know!

    Mrs. Danvers: [moving towards her] You thought you could be Mrs. de Winter, live in her house, walk in her steps, take the things that were hers! But she's too strong for you. You can't fight her - no one ever got the better of her. Never, never. She was beaten in the end, but it wasn't a man, it wasn't a woman. It was the sea!

    The Second Mrs. de Winter: [collapsing in tears on the bed] Oh, stop it! Stop it! Oh, stop it!

    Mrs. Danvers: [opening the shutters] You're overwrought, madam. I've opened a window for you. A little air will do you good.

    [as the second Mrs. de Winter gets up and walks toward the window]

    Mrs. Danvers: Why don't you go? Why don't you leave Manderley? He doesn't need you... he's got his memories. He doesn't love you, he wants to be alone again with her. You've nothing to stay for. You've nothing to live for really, have you?

    [softly, almost hypnotically]

    Mrs. Danvers: Look down there. It's easy, isn't it? Why don't you? Why don't you? Go on. Go on. Don't be afraid...

  • Mrs. Danvers: She knew everyone that mattered. Everyone loved her.