Martini Movie Night
Join us for a viewing of the 1940 psychological thriller Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, and Judith Anderson. The film is adapted from Dame Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel by the same title published in 1938.
A naïve young woman (Joan Fontaine)—whose first name is never revealed—meets a mysterious, brooding aristocratic widower, Maximillian De Winter (Laurence Olivier), while working in Monte Carlo. Despite the differences in their age and class, a whirlwind romance ensues and two weeks later the couple is married. All is well—until the two return to Manderly, De Winter’s gothic country estate in Cornwall. There, the new bride is terrorized by constant reminders of the former Mrs. De Winter, Rebecca, who died mysteriously at sea only a year before. The young woman is determined to be the perfect wife and mistress of the estate, but is tormented with feelings of inadequacy compared to the apparent beauty and sophistication of her predecessor. Her inner turmoil is compounded by the sudden flares in her new husband’s temper and by the cold and strange estate housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson).
The reception for this event begins at 5:30 pm. Theater snacks and light fare will be served with gin and vodka martinis. The movie begins at 6:15 pm, at which time the bar will close.
The Athenaeum holds an impressive collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, including nearly 30 titles by Daphne du Maurier. Check out one of du Maurier’s books during the reception, or schedule an appointment in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room to see a first edition copy of Rebecca signed by the author.
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