Rebecca (1940)

Joan Fontaine is adorable as an awkward and shy lost puppy in Rebecca. She’s almost always out of place, sticking out like a sore thumb, but effective as our window into a world to which few of its viewers would belong. She’s one of us – uncomfortable, self-conscious, and vulnerable. Her sincerity and lack of pretence do her credit, however, as she catches the eye of a handsome and wealthy, but troubled widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier). He seems hung up on the tragic death of his wife, Rebecca, who was, by all accounts,  the perfect woman. Can the new Mrs. De Winter escape the shadow cast by this terrible lady or will her insecurity get the better of her? Continue reading