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Rebecca, a review by Dragonfire


My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this one.  Some scenes do move a tad slower, but that works since it allows for the suspense and tension to build up more.  The movie has a rather creepy atmosphere overall, which is established during the first few minutes with the shot following the very long drive up to Manderley.  The house was actual a model, which looked amazingly realistic.  There are a few other elements that Hitchcock is known for, but none of the bits of humor.  Hitchcock had a ...well...complicated working relationship with the producer, Selznick.  The one extra on my copy that is focused on the making of the movie does share a lot about the tensions between the two men.

Only a little bit of time is taken to show the characters meeting and spending some time together before they decide to get married.  Then they go to Manderley, where she is very overwhelmed by the huge house, staff, and especially Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper.  Many things around the house have been kept the same since Rebecca died, which only adds to the new bride's feelings of inadequacy.  Most of the movie takes place around Manderley, and the house is very imposing and important to what is going on, almost like another character.  Things in the house do seem a bit creepy, especially when Mrs. Danvers gives a tour of Rebecca's room.  Mrs. Danvers is downright creepy, but in a subtle way.  She acts like she is being helpful when she isn't.  The woman does not seem stable and ends up being a wonderful villain.  There is no way any sane person would want her for a housekeeper.

My copy of the DVD has a featurette on the making of the movie and one of Daphe Du Maurier, both of which are entertaining and interesting. 

 :thumbup:

I have a longer review in progress that I'm going to post on Epinions.

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on July 2nd, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Roman Holiday, a review by Tom


     Roman Holiday (1953/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Paramount Home Entertainment (Canada)
Director:William Wyler
Writing:Ian McLellan Hunter (Screenwriter), John Dighton (Screenwriter), Dalton Trumbo (Story By)
Length:118 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 1, French: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:English

Stars:
Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, Correspondent
Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann/ Anya 'Smitty' Smith
Eddie Albert as Irving Radovich
Hartley Power as Mr. Hennessy, Joe Bradley's Boss
Harcourt Williams as Ambassador

Plot:Roman HolidayAwards:
Won:
Academy Award (1953)  Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Edith Head)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Writing, Original Story (Ian McLellan Hunter (1993 corrected to Dalton Trumbo))
AFI (1953)  100 Years... 100 Passions (2002)
BAFTA (1953)  British Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
Golden Globe (1953)  Actress in a Leading Role - Drama (Audrey Hepburn)
Writers Guild of America Awards (1954)  Best Written American Comedy (Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton)
Nominated:
Academy Award (1953)  Best Art Direction, Black-and-White (Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Frank Planer, Henri Alekan)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Director (William Wyler)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Film Editing (Robert Swink)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Picture (William Wyler (Producer))
Academy Award (1953)  Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Albert)
Academy Award (1953)  Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton)
AFI (1953)  100 Years... 100 Laughs (2000)
BAFTA (1953)  Film And British Film
BAFTA (1953)  Foreign Actor (Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert)
Directors Guild of America (1954)  Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (William Wyler)

Extras:
  • Closed Captioned
  • Featurettes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
A great movie. Always fun to watch. And the two hours running time fly by fast. Audrey Hepburn has deserved her Oscar for her work here.
Even though it has been over ten years since I have been to Rome and the movie being almost 50 years old, it is still nice to recognize a lot of the locations used in the film as places I have personally visited.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on November 21st, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


Enterprise
Season 3.11 Carpenter Street
Writer: Rick Berman (Writer), Brannon Braga (Writer)
Director: Mike Vejar
Cast: Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Jolene Blalock (T'Pol), Dominic Keating (Malcom Reed), Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather), Linda Park (Hoshi Sato), Connor Trinneer (Charles "Trip" Tucker III), Leland Orser (Loomis), Matt Winston (Daniels), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Xindi-Reptilian #1), Michael Childers (Strode), Donna Duplantier (Prostitute #2), Billy Mayo (Officer #1), Dan Warner (Officer #2), Erin Cummings (Prostitute #1)

Archer and T'Pol travel back in time to the year 2004. Sadly a rather boring episode.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on October 16th, 2013)