And the Oscar Goes to…: Rebecca

The video version of this review:

This post is dedicated to Joan Fontaine: (October 22, 1917-December 15, 2013)

Rebecca (1940) PosterI recall an episode of Siskel and Ebert where they reviewed David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991). While giving a mixed review, Siskel liked the movie. Ebert, on the other hand, had this to say: “In a long time of reviewing movies, I’ve rarely seen a movie that leaves me more at a loss for words. I admire what Cronenberg and [Peter] Weller [the lead actor] and [Judy] Davis [the lead actress] have done here. It’s a very good job. It is a brilliant job. It is one of the most unpleasant movies I’ve ever seen, and I hated most of it.” I wouldn’t go as far as to say I hate today’s film. Like Ebert with Naked Lunch, I respect the skill and artistry that director Alfred Hitchcock employs to create mood and tell the story, and the actors certainly don’t do a bad job either. As with Ebert, that respect didn’t stretch to me loving the film, though. Continue reading