Remember Joan Fontaine With This Haunting Clip From Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940)

As you’ve probably read by now, Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, the leading lady known for her string of roles as demure, well-mannered and often well-bred heroines in the 1940s, and the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, died today at her home in Carmel, California; she was 96.

She was known best for her back-to-back roles in two Alfred Hitchcock thrillers — the 1940 Best Picture winner Rebecca and the 1941 film Suspicion, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar, making her the only actor in a Hitchcock film to receive an Academy Award.

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Her obituary on the IMDB (click her for the entire piece) stated that producer David O. Selznick snapped up the rights to the Daphne du Maurier bestseller Rebecca, in which an unnamed, demure heroine — known only as “the second Mrs. de Winter” — is taunted by the memory of her husband’s first wife, the beautiful and seductive title character. Selznick brought director Alfred Hitchcock over for his first American production, cast matinée idol and rising star Laurence Olivier as moody, mysterious husband Maxim de Winter, and embarked on a Scarlett O’Hara-style talent search for his leading lady. Rejecting Loretta Young, Margaret Sullivan, Vivian Leigh (then Olivier’s wife), and a then-unknown Anne Baxter along with hundreds of other actresses, Selznick decided on Fontaine, who though not an established star projected the right mix of beauty, insecurity, and tenacity needed for the part. Fontaine’s insecurity, however, was heightened by Olivier’s sometimes cruel treatment of her on set, as he had lobbied aggressively for Leigh to get the role, and Hitchcock capitalized on her inferiority complex to shape her performance. The resulting film, released in 1940, was an unqualified critical and financial success, catapulting Fontaine into the tier of top Hollywood leading ladies, establishing Hitchcock firmly in the United States, and nabbing the film 11 Academy Award nominations, including ones for both Fontaine and Olivier; it would go on to win Best Picture.

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Below is a classic nine-minute clip from Hitchcock’s Rebecca – the one that first jumped to our minds whenever we thought of her acting in the film.

And here’s a fan-made trailer for the film:

RIP, Ms. Fontaine. Your fans will miss you dearly.

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Hitchcock: The Abridged Script – From The Editing Room

Well… between this and the fact that the movie somehow managed to land on a “Worst of 2012” list, I’m kind of glad I decided to wait till DVD. Hilarious script yet again, though! Click the big red link below for…

 

Hitchcock: The Abridged Script / The Editing Room.

 

What's that you're looking at there, Hitch?

What’s that you’re looking at there, Hitch?

 

Just One Hitch! ‘Hitchcock’ Stars Name Their Favorite Scene and Movie By The Master Of Suspense

We’re almost ashamed to admit we haven’t seen this in the theater yet. We actually are ashamed that another movie that opened the same weekend as Hitchcock,  a certain low-budget horror-action sequel with wall-to-wall Grand-Guignol practical effects, took priority over Hitchcock to see in the theater. This piece was so cool and in-depth that we were really happy to read that Hitchcock is only in limited release in the US now,  and it will be released wide in theaters on February 8th, 2013!  Enjoy this great read from Movieline.com.

 

Lush New International Trailer for “Hitchcock” (Opening November 23rd) Even More Fun To Watch!

Good Evening.

Here’s the newest theatrical trailer for “Hitchcock” (International version), and it’s even more fun than the debut trailer!  I think I saw “Red Foreman” as one of the studio ‘suits’ giving him a hard time. Dead-on (so to speak) casting of Tony Perkins, and while I’m not totally sold yet on ScarJo as Janet Leigh (who wrote a great autobiography that I heartily recommend) resemblance-wise, I’m sure male viewers won’t have a problem!


“It was the knife, that a moment later cut off her scream …and her head.”

November 23rd, huh? I really hope it has a wide release!

BIZZAM!!

Here we have the official international trailer for Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville.  This trailer focuses more on the relationship between him and his wife.  Everything I see from this film makes me want to see it more and more.  It looks amazing.  Have a look at the new trailer:

Hitchcock opens in limited release on November 23, 2012.  Hopefully they will roll it out wide sooner rather than later.

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Name That Horror Frame – Week of 11-12-2012 – Special Hitchcock Edition!

The Hitchcock   theatrical biopic that focuses on the making of Psycho  comes out sooner rather than later this month! It has to be better than HBO’s The Girl. It  was well made and well-acted, it was just very, very unpleasant to watch. See you next year, sex drive! I understand why you need to go away until Parker  comes out in January. Poor Tippi Hendren (and poor Alma Reville, though in at least one scene, they have separate beds).  That’s how I picked the theme for this week.

OK, These shouldn’t be too hard,; even if you haven’t seen a bunch of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, I tried to find some fairly iconic images. All these DVDs I want to give away (last week’s update of the contest/giveaway rules can be found here). Oh, and in that previous posting, I pretty much spilled the name of one Thai horror anthology that I did another special edition of— they’re all from the same movie. Go back and look if you want, it’s pretty obvious, then put your answer in the “reply/comment” section.

And away we go…

I heard that scene was a NIGHTMARE to shoot …for the leading lady, that is.

Same leading lady, also no picnic for her to shoot…

and finally… this should ring a bell!

Welp, that’s all for this week’s contest. Put your answers below. Don’t everyone go wildly posting at once, though! 😉

Alfred Hitchcock's star on the Hollywood Walk ...