Rebecca est le premier film américain réalisé par Alfred Hitchcock, sorti en 1940. C'est l'adaptation du roman de Daphné du Maurier publié en 1938, conte traitant de l'emprise d'une morte sur celui qui fut son mari, la nouvelle épouse et leur gouvernante, un an après sa mort.
- (en) 2nd Mrs. de Winter : Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. Then, like all dreamers, I was possessed of a sudden with supernatural powers and passed like a spirit through the barrier before me. The drive wound away in front of me, twisting and turning as it had always done. But as I advanced, I was aware that a change had come upon it. Nature had come into her own again and little by little had encroached upon the drive with long tenacious fingers, on and on the poor thread that had once been our drive. And finally, there was Manderley, Manderley, secretive and silent. Time could not mar the perfect symmetry of those walls. Moonlight can play odd tricks upon the fancy, and suddenly it seemed to me that light came from the windows. And then a cloud came upon the moon and hovered an instant like a dark hand before a face. The illusion went with it. I looked upon a desolate shell, with no whisper of a past about its staring walls. We can never go back to Manderley again. That much is certain. But sometimes, in my dreams, I do go back to the strange days of my life which began for me in the south of France...
- Joan Fontaine (VF : Mony Dalmès), Rebecca (1940), écrit par Joan Harrison, Robert E. Sherwood, Adaptation : Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, d'après le roman de Daphne du Maurier (trad. Wikiquote)