IN 1938 the New York Times’ film critic wrote that there were “three unique and valuable institutions the British have that we in America have not: Magna Carta, the Tower Bridge and Alfred Hitchcock, the greatest director of screen melodramas in the world.”
So often thought of in terms of his American films, it’s easy to forget that Hitchcock was a British film director who started his career with thrillers like ‘The Lady Vanishes’.
But Hollywood called in 1938, and with a script written by Robert Sherwood and Joan Harrison taken from Daphne du Maurier’s just-published novel, Hitchcock made his first American feature, the now classic ‘Rebecca’, in 1940.
Starring Laurence Olivier as the handsome and enigmatic Max de Winter and Joan Fontaine as his captivated second wife, this psychological thriller pretty much defined the genre ever after.
Never seen it on the big screen? Or keen to revisit Manderley? Then come along to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Tuesday, May 7 for its screening of ‘Rebecca’. The bar opens at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm screening and tickets cost £6 in advance or £7.50 on the door with a 10% discount for Theatre Friends. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com
This screening is part of the Marine Theatre’s ‘Tuesday Night at the Movies’ series, which will also feature teen idol James Dean in ‘Rebel without a Cause’ on May 21.