#146: Rebecca (1940)

When and how did I watch this?

February 3rd, 2016, on YouTube.

Had I seen this film already?

Nope.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Absolutely nothing — I just went at it.

What do I know about it now?

Gone Girl, Gone With the Wind, Dial M for Murder, and a little bit of It Happened One Night/Roman Holiday blended up. It’s way more romantic than most of Hitchcock’s works, but it still works nicely. Some of the scenes and lighting were truly creepy, even in grainy black and white. It was weird that I was rooting for a murderer all along, yet I was doing the same for Dial M for Murder, but with different results. Overall, it was a clean and complete film, featuring some tense sequences and a few legitimately surprising twists.

What are some themes in the film?

Marriage, infidelity, honesty/deception, murder

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  It evoked the “would I do the same?” scenario. The final two scenes were quite memorable as well.

Why is this ranked #146?

Once again, it’s Hitchcock.  It’s a classic Lawrence Olivier film.  I’m surprised it made it this high — this would seem like a film to be overlooked, but I feel it’s deserving.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She didn’t get a chance to watch this one.

Would I watch it again?

No doubt.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes.  Just about all of Hitchcock’s work is recommended.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Yes.  Again, I think there are several films better than this one, but by no means was this poorly done, especially for a film that’s over 75 years old. The build was perfect, the twists and turns threw me off, and every member of the cast did their part to make this a spectacular film.

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