Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
Win tickets to see Rebecca at your local Picturehouse Cinema
This summer Picturehouse Cinemas are bringing the majesty of Hitchcock back to the big screen in their The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock: Vintage Sundays season. Hitchcock adapted several of Daphne du Maurier’s novels into films, including his iconic adaptation of The Birds and Other Stories and, of course, Rebecca.
Released in 1940, Hitchcock’s Rebecca is widely considered the first example of the film noir genre and won two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations.
Look no further than the title for evidence of who is the driving force in Rebecca – no matter that the character in question is dead before the action starts and never appears on screen. Instead, Rebecca de Winter seems to haunt every inch of the halls of Manderley, the cursed estate that is home to Maxim de Winter and his new, unnamed wife, and is all but survived there by Mrs. Danvers, the family housekeeper who fanatically maintains a shrine to her beloved former employer.
Physically absent, but omnipresent in the overbearing atmosphere of Manderley, Rebecca threatens to drive a wedge between Laurence Olivier’s emotionally distant Maxim and Joan Fontaine’s timid second Mrs. de Winter as she finds herself increasingly unable to shake off the spectre of her predecessor. But when the truth of the past resurfaces after an interrupted costume party, the mask begins to slip: it appears that Rebecca perhaps wasn’t the perfect mistress immortalised in Danvers’ deranged memory and Maxim may not be the broken widower the second Mrs. de Winter assumed him to be.
‘One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or dream. A stunning book’ Sarah Waters
Win Tickets to Watch Rebecca:
2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of Rebecca, so we teamed-up with Picturehouse Cinemas to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening at your local Picturehouse on Sunday 29th July at 1pm.
Find out more about the Hitchcock season and the screening of Rebecca here: https://www.picturehouses.com/film/rebecca
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