Length: 130 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Robert E. Sherwood & Joan Harrison, adapted by Philip MacDonald & Michael Hogan from the novel by Daphne Du Maurier
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson
Music: Franz Waxman
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture and Best Cinematography (black-and-white); Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Olivier), Best Actress (Fontaine), Best Supporting Actress (Anderson), Best Score, Best Art Direction (black-and-white), Best Special Effects and Best Editing; currently #96 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a newlywed’s household appears to be obsessed with her husband’s dead wife
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Story: Good. You can see a number of the major twists and turns coming a mile away, but it’s still basically a good story.
Characters: Bad. Grow a f***ing spine, Mrs. de Winter.
Special effects/design: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It might have been great, but there are a few major faults. One is how frustrating it is to continually see the protagonist not doing anything about her problems. The bit that almost ruined the movie for me is the costume ball scene; it’s extremely suspenseful, but for all the wrong reasons (you know exactly what’s going to happen, it’s horrible and awkward and you don’t want it to happen, and you have to sit there just waiting for it…).
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).