Rebecca movie matched with food fit for Manderley
Starring Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine
– It all begins on a cliff in Monte Carlo with a man in a suit standing on the edge of the cliff. Wasn’t Hitchcock the master of suspense? This atmosphere carries throughout this film. It is addictive. Two-thirds of the way through, I had to leave it to do a few hours of other life stuff and I was so torn; I just had to know what happened next. It is a great film that makes me salivate for more, that’s for sure.
– The story is sublime. There is the brooding man, Mr de Winter (Olivier), stuck in the depths of despair. A young, inexperienced maiden (Fontaine) catches his eye. Her innocence charms him and a few days later de Winter pops the question and hey presto, there’s a new Mrs de Winter. They head back to the family mansion (as you do) to be greeted by the less than impressed staff. And here is where we meet the psychotic and evil-looking Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson) who was hopelessly devoted (thanks Grease) to the first Mrs (Rebecca) de Winter.
– The truth about Rebecca’s death is kept top secret until the last 30 minutes when slowly but surely the truth rears its ugly head. Don’t you love it when films surprise you? Ooooo, I had NO IDEA that it would end like THAT! And I won’t tell you what the real truth is, you’ll have to watch it yourself.
Put on your fancy pants and tiptoe through the creepy halls of Maderley (the deWinter’s extravagant home), make your way to the darkened but richly furnished dining room, whip out a fabric napkin and dig in to some delicious fancy-pants food – fit for the amazing Manderley mansion. The starter is Fig and Stilton Salad recipe from Marc’s Weekly.
Ok, so I thought Rebecca was all about a ghost that walked the dark hallways of an old house and the housekeeper that pushed the heroine down the stairs. I thought there were moments of nightmarish terror and people jumping out screaming “boo!”, leaving my poor little heart thump, thump, thumping away (or is that another Hitchcock?)
But no, Rebecca is more in the thriller genre. It is a detective, mystery story with twist upon twist. This film is typically Hitchcock with fast zooms and exaggerated shadows. Danger lurks in every corner and on every precipice. It is about love and lies and misguided loyalty. Ooooo. This is a good ‘un.
Hitchcock was the master of film. He still is. His passion for the freaky and disturbing is second to none. Mrs Danvers, though not the homicidal maniac I thought she was, is still chilling in her face, her eyes, her obsession with Rebecca. Very creepy indeed. Fontaine and Olivier are excellent. The setting is incredible. It all sucks you in, spits you out and has another go. A very, very enjoyable film. Full Oscar points here.
I pick those rich old deWinters sitting down to their nightly meal, perhaps crying into a plate of this yummy goodness. Maybe it would be the only thing to save their sanity… maybe. It’s Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Mustard-Red Wine sauce recipe from Huffington Post.
Rebecca Trivia –
- Budget – $1,288,000 (nothing on Gone With the Wind but still up there!)
- Rebecca‘s Producer, David O. Selznick also worked on Gone With the Wind, so it was a great two years for Davo.
- This is the only Hitchcock film to win a Best Picture Oscar, shame Hollywood, shame!
- It is reported that Olivier was awful to Fontaine because he wanted his girlfriend Vivien Leigh to play opposite him. To increase Fontaine’s nervousness (and thereby making her character more believable), Hitchcock told her that everyone on set hated her.
- Hitchcock chose to shoot the film in black and white to add to the dark feel of the story.
Poor old ‘the-second’ Mrs deWinter, living in fear with a zombie of a husband and that creepy Mrs Danvers. She needed sweets and I imagine her taking comfort in a slice of this delish Treacle Tart from Gourmet Traveller.
How many Hitchcock films have you seen? Do you love ’em?
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