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Rebecca (1940) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier published in 1938.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorLaurence OlivierNominated
Best ActressJoan FontaineNominated
Best Supporting ActressJudith AndersonNominated
Best Art DirectionLyle WheelerNominated
Best CinematographyGeorge BarnesWon
Best DirectorAlfred HitchcockNominated
Best Film EditingHal C. KernNominated
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanNominated
Best PictureSelznick International PicturesWon
Best WritingRobert E. Sherwood, Joan HarrisonNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

Classic Conversations: Two Award-Winning Costume Designers Re-Imagine ‘Rebecca’ and ‘West Side Story’

By Danny Miller on Nov 14, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

As classic movie lovers, we can be a very sensitive group when it comes to messing with our favorites. Even movies that seem to get a new version for each successive generation get severely criticized by those of us who are devotees of the originals. While Lady Gaga received a lot of acclaim... Read full article


book: Ghostwalk (2007) by Rebecca Stott

By John Grant on Aug 7, 2019 From Noirish

A modern-day mystery rooted in the history of science — specifically in Isaac Newton’s Cambridge career, with the emphasis on his alchemical researches? Oh, yes. As you can imagine, this book had sold itself to me before I was halfway through the blurb’s first paragraph. And I wasn... Read full article


Rebecca Got a Bad Rep

By Judy on Jun 29, 2019 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Spoilers abound** Of all the femme fatales on film and in print, Rebecca may top them all. The woman isn?t even alive at the start of the book or the Hitchcock film that resulted from it, yet the narrator of the story is so haunted by her husband?s previous wife (and Du Maurier is so skilled at fr... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #16: Rebecca (1940) and The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)

By Carol Martinheira on Jul 10, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #16: Rebecca (1940) and The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) On July 10, 2018July 10, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized I like ghost stories. I like how they can be anything, how they can fit into an array of genres without ever losing themselves. I like the possibil... Read full article


book: Three Weeks Dead (2016) by Rebecca Bradley

By John Grant on Apr 30, 2018 From Noirish

The second of two British crime novellas that I’ve read in a row rounds out April. The book that I started last night after I’d finished this one is just under 600 pages long, so I doubt I’ll have it finished by the beginning of May . . . ===== Software genius Jason Wells recently ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jack Favell: I say, marriage with Max is not exactly a bed of roses, is it?


'Maxim' de Winter: You thought I loved Rebecca? You thought that? I hated her!


Jack Favell: I'd like to have your advice on how to live comfortably without hard work.


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The novel was bought by David O. Selznick for $50,000 as a vehicle for Carole Lombard with the idea that he would attempt to get Ronald Colman for the male lead. According to Selznick's memos, when Colman put off accepting the part because he was afraid that the picture would be a "woman starring vehicle" and because of the murder angle, Selznick turned to his second choices for the role, Laurence Olivier and William Powell. Olivier was willing to work for $100,000 less than Powell and so he was chosen. Leslie Howard was also considered for the part.
Because Laurence Olivier wanted his then-girlfriend Vivien Leigh to play the lead role, he treated Joan Fontaine horribly. This shook Fontaine up quite a bit, so Alfred Hitchcock decided to capitalize on this by telling her EVERYONE on the set hated her, thus making her shy and uneasy - just what he wanted from her performance.
Anne Baxter was one of the actresses tested by Alfred Hitchcock for the leading role. He later cast her in I Confess.
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