ALFRED HITCHCOCK / REBECCA (1940; 1947 reissue) Photo of director cameo


Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) black and white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, U.K. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper, Florence Bates, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Selznick International Pictures. The wonderful Daphne Du Maurier novel about a shy young woman, companion to a stuffy matron, who meets the wealthy and glamorous Max de Winter, has a whirlwind romance and marries him only to move into his sprawling mansion, Manderlay, where mystery and intrigue abound, as does a strange loyalty to the former Mrs. de Winter, who seems to have died under unusual circumstances. It was just the diversion the world wanted as it went to war, and the film won the Academy Award for best picture. It would be the only time a Hitchcock film would win this award. It was the first time Hitchcock worked with micromanaging David O. Selznick. Hitchcock, who also contributed to the writing of the script, used his technique of editing in the camera so as no one could change his intent. So fed up with Selznick was Hitchcock by 1947 that he left to work under other studios production companies, and for a few years, during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, made his films with Warner Brothers. By 1940, Alfred Hitchcock’s appearance in his own film was anticipated. As the years went on he devised ways to appear fairly early in the films so as audiences would pay attention to the plot and characters rather than watching for his cameo. The film did play the UK in 1940, making it to some European territories prior to the cut off of American product during World War II. It was revived and distributed by Eros Films Ltd. in the UK circa 1947 and this photo was issued for that release. Slight creasing at corners. .ABOUT FINE.

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