‘I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.’

REBECCA – Hitchcock – 1940

After a comically brusque courtship, doe-eyed ingenue (Joan Fontaine) marries suave widower Maxim De Winter (Laurence Oliver). Back at the de Winter family estate in Cornwall, the newlyweds struggle to live in the long shadow cast by Maxim’s brilliant and beautiful deceased wife, Rebecca.

Fontaine is painfully gauche and Olivier is bad-tempered and handsome in Hitchcock’s fantastic adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s celebrated novel.

Rebecca is best watched with a glass of red wine in your hand and the curtains pulled closed on an indolent Sunday afternoon. It’s got everything you might want from a film: melodrama, a masquerade ball and a sinister housekeeper.