United Kingdom 1940, 130 mins
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

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..