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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca"

I just finished watching Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca". Although this is the only Hitchcock film to win the Best Picture Oscar, I don't feel that it is better than many of his other works, probably because this was his first 'Hollywood' film, according to IMDB.com. The beginning of the film is almost painfully slow moving, although the final third of the film is excellent. I had a problem with the script/editing throughout most of the film, as there seemed to be too many extremely short scenes - it just felt very unnatural, although perhaps this was intentional. Hitchcock does a decent job directing, with a couple of very memorable shots, however as I stated earlier it cannot compare to his later films. I recommend seeing this film, but here are the Hitchcock films I would rank higher (in no particular order):

* The Birds
* Psycho
* North by Northwest
* Vertigo
* Rear Window
* Dial M for Murder

It boggles my mind that he never won an Academy Award for best director and Rebecca was his only film that won best picture.

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Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

One other thing - Hitchcock was forced to change the ending of the movie from the book, as in it Max completely gets away with shooting Rebecca, no questions asked. THAT didn't fly under the Hollywood morals clause!

I always thought this was George Saunder's best role, on a par with his cad in 'All About Eve.

Much of the 'dragging' of the move can be blamed on Hollywood censorship of that era.

3:35 PM

Blogger fakeapassion said...

Thanks for the insight Peter.

6:38 PM


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