"Yes, with Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau for the first time together. Which one do you prefer? Which woman?"
Complicated, Disturbing, Beautiful. Leave it Varda to make all of these work together.
Part of my New Year's Resolution 2020.
"Yes. It's time to die."
Quirk, quirk, quirk, quirk, rape, quirk, death, death, quirk. That's kind of my experience watching this film. I think the only character who wasn't just a bunch of quirks is Antonia's daughter Danielle, but she quickly fades out to make room for her own quirky daughter. That left the rape in a really bad light because it's barely more than an event in the film, and the characters involved don't really get to deal with…
How is this not mentioned in the same breath as Vertigo and Suspicion? It is the predessessor of both works, and it surpasses the latter. Rebecca brings Gothic romance to the screen with all the grandeur, mystery, and melodrama of the genre. A lesser actor would have made Olivier's character unlikable. Joan Fontaine brings both shy vulnerability and haunted seriousness in a role that could easily be stupid or weak. Judith Anderson delivers pure insanity. Definitely one of Hitchcock's best.
"I'm cold, bored."
Okay, I'm going to admit that I may have been a little more disappointed than I might have been because I was hoping for a Psycho 2. This is not Psycho 2. From the first use of the Jaws theme in the first scene as a scare to herald a shark attack, it just kind of felt like this one trades on the first one, not helped by the next attack being…