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Hitchcock's first Hollywood film was the only one to receive a Best Picture Oscar.
All the financial advantages of America meant that for the first time he could really explore his technical imagination and create a gripping blend of detective story, gothic romance and psychological drama.
Daphne Du Maurier's fairly lightweight bestseller (about a naive young woman who marries an aristocratic patriarch, then finds her life dominated by his dead wife Rebecca) became a tale of fear and guilt, power and class.
A riveting and painful film..