Rebecca (The Criterion Collection)

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Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley her groom s baroque ancestral mansion she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts now not handiest the house however the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The beginning of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for easiest picture and easiest cinematography.

TWO DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 4K digital restoration
Audio statement from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
Isolated music and effects track
New conversation between film critic and writer Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
New interview with special effects historian Craig Barron at the visual effects in Rebecca
Documentary from 2007 at the making of Rebecca
Screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests including actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter,
Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
Casting gallery annotated by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick
Tv interviews with Hitchcock and Fontaine from 1973 and 1980
Audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
Three radio adaptations of Rebecca, from 1938, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welles s version for the Mercury Theatre
Theatrical rerelease trailer
PLUS: An essay by critic and Selznick biographer David Thomson and selected production correspondence, including letters between Hitchcock and Selznick.

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