Winner '40:
First Saw It:
Rebecca
Summer or fall of 1994, on AMC or TCM, shortly after reading the book
Bridesmaids: All This, and Heaven Too, Foreign Correpsondent, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Dictator, Kitty Foyle, The Letter, The Long Voyage Home, Our Town, The Philadelphia Story
My Vote: The Letter, then Philadelphia, then Grapes, then Rebecca, which I adore
Overlooked: Pinocchio, His Girl Friday, maybe The Shop around the Corner


Rebecca (1940)
First screened in 1994 / Most recently screened in January 2016
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Florence Bates, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith, Edward Fielding, Leonard Carey, Philip Winter, Leo G. Carroll, Melville Cooper, Lumsden Hare, Forrester Harvey, Leyland Hodgson. Screenplay: Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison (based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier).

Twitter Capsule: Misty prologue. Cut-glass start. Sumptuously, morbidly enigmatic. Longueurs in the last half-hour. Fiery finish. A dream.

VOR:   A high-point in Hitchcock's creepy elegance, in Selznick production values, in gossamer studio photography, in erotic implication, in gothic mystery, in perverse plotting.



Photo © 1940 Selznick International Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full, but you can read more about Judith Anderson's performance here. A–


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Alfred Hitchcocok
Best Actress: Joan Fontaine
Best Actress: Laurence Olivier
Best Supporting Actress: Judith Anderson
Best Screenplay: Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison
Best Cinematography (Black & White): George Barnes
Best Art Direction (Black & White): Lyle R. Wheeler
Best Film Editing: Hal C. Kern
Best Original Score: Franz Waxman
Best Special Effects (Sound & Visual): Arthur Johns and Jack Cosgrove

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