You tried to take her place. You let him marry you. I’ve seen his face - his eyes. They’re the same as those first weeks after she died. I used to listen to him, walking up and down, up and down, all night long, night after night, thinking of her, suffering torture because he lost her!


Rebecca (1940) dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 

Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock almost caused the 22 year old actress Joan Fontaine (playing second Mrs. de Winter) to have a breakdown on the set. To make her look more nervous and uneasy, he had the whole cast act distant towards her and even ostracize her. Laurence Olivier (Maxim de Winter) wanted his then-girlfriend Vivien Leigh for the role, he treated Joan poorly which made Hitchcock tell her that EVERYONE on set “hated” her. He also didn’t inform her much on her scenes with Judith Anderson (Mrs. Danvers) making Joan oblivious to whenever Anderson was in the scene. This build up tension between the two as a lot of scenes, Joan was unaware of Anderson’s presence, causing her to look genuinely terrified and scared of her co-star for the audience. Anderson also took on Hitchcock’s advice and deliberately acted cold and hateful towards the young actress. This performance led both actresses to be nominated for Academy awards.


After a first look a couple of days ago, here are more images from BBC’s six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which offer a first look at Gillian Anderson’s Anna Pavlovna Scherer and Stephen Rea’s Prince Vassily Kuragin.

Led by Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, Lily James as Natasha Rostova and James Norton as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, the miniseries also stars Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Rebecca Front, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke and Aisling Loftus.

David O. Selznick (producer), Joan Fontaine (actress), Alfred Hitchcock (director), and Judith Anderson (actress) at the 13th Academy Awards, 1941. All 4 were up for Oscars for Rebecca, which had eleven nominations but only won for Best Picture (Selznick) and Best Cinematography (George Barnes).