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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 82
Notable as: ThrillerGenre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance Film, DramaRuntime: 126 - 130 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, FrenchCountry: United StatesDirector: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriter: Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, Michael Hogan, Daphne du MaurierBased on: RebeccaMusic: Franz WaxmanCinematography: George BarnesStars: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce, Alfred Hitchcock Producer: David O. SelznickStudio: Selznick International PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (George Barnes)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
Academy Award for Best Actress (Joan Fontaine)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White (Lyle R. Wheeler)
Academy Award for Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Academy Award for Best Original Score (Franz Waxman)
Academy Award for Best Special Effects
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Judith Anderson)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological drama-thriller film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was his first American project, and his first film produced under contract with David O. Selznick. The film's screenplay was a version by Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood based on Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca. The film was produced by Selznick and stars Laurence Olivier as the brooding aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter, Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife, and Judith Anderson as the stern housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. The film is shot in black and white, and is a gothic tale. We never see Maxim de Winter's first wife, Rebecca, who died before the story starts, but her reputation, and recollections about her, are a constant presence to Maxim, his new young second wife, and the housekeeper Danvers. The film won two Academy Awards, Outstanding Production and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles.


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