© 1940 Selznick International Pictures

Rebecca (1940)

I have been watching too many public domain B movies lately and found myself in the mood to watch something really good. So much has already been said about Rebecca that it is hard to find anything to add. I can only say this is like a close friend who lives in another city. Every once in a while you meet and enjoy all the things you already knew about your old companion, and at the same time delight in the things you notice for the first time.

George Barnes’ deep focus cinematography—one full year before Orson Welles full implemented the technique in Citizen Kane—is especially evident in the beautifully restored Criterion edition, and is only one of the many facets of this masterpiece that provide fresh enjoyment and deeper appreciation with each new viewing.

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