Rebecca (1940)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Rebecca

Hitchcock Grab Bag
Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Christopher Long, M.A., Author and Film Critic
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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After suspenseful hits like The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), director Alfred Hitchcock was already known as "Alfred the Great" in his native England, but he had yet to solve at least one great mystery: Could the Master of Suspense master Hollywood as well?

Hitchcock certainly had plenty of support for his American debut, including the financial backing of super-producer David O. Selznick and the good fortune of working from Daphne du Maurier's brilliant gothic mystery novel. The relatively faithful 1940 film adaptation features Joan Fontaine as the young bride of Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier), a stylish but morose widower whose first wife (the title character) has recently died in a tragic accident . . . or did she?

Fontaine finds being "the second Mrs. de Winter" increasingly difficult as she tries to create a home at Manderley, her husband's sprawling estate. Met with considerable resistance from housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), who makes it abundantly clear that she preferred the first Mrs. de Winter, our heroine begins to suspect that precisely nothing in her new life is as it seems.

Rebecca earned eleven Oscar nominations, including Hitchcock's first for directing, and a win for Best Picture: not too bad for a Hollywood debut. Join us to learn why the film was so well received in its time, and to discuss its lasting impact.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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    6:30pm 2017-07-05 18:30:00 2017-07-05 22:00:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Rebecca Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA