I've been meaning to see Alfred Hitchcok's American debut Rebecca (1940) for some time, and felt the time was right after hearing that its star Joan Fontain died earlier this week. The film is based on the gothic novel of the same name by Daphne Du Marier. it also stars Laurence Olivier. Hitchcock is purported to have said that it is not a Hitcock film due to the interference of David O. Selznic, but many critics have pointed out that this thriller maybe the start of his intimate psychological portraits of characters. All the major leads were nominated for best acting performances and it won best picture at the Academy Awards.