Rebecca (Hitchcock, 1940): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.20pm
This is part of the Alfred Hitchcock season and is also screening on Sept 2nd, 8th, 9th and 11th
Chicago Reader review:
'There are too many conflicting levels of authorship—between Alfred
Hitchcock, Daphne du Maurier, and David O. Selznick—for this 1940 film
to be a complete success, but through its first two-thirds it is as
perfect a myth of adolescence as any of the Disney films, documenting
the childlike, nameless heroine's initiation into the adult mysteries of
sex, death, and identity, and the impossibility of reconciling these
forces with family strictures. As a Hitchcock film, it is, with the
closely related Suspicion, one of his rare studies from a female
point of view, and it is surprisingly tender and compassionate; the same
issues, treated from a male viewpoint, would return in Vertigo and Marnie (Laurence Olivier's Maxim becoming the Sean Connery character of the latter film).'
Here is the trailer.