The first of several Hitchcock films on the list, one I've never seen before and the only one to win Best Picture.
It was the first film that Hitchcock made in Hollywood and it is apparent that he wasn't fully allowed to be the Master of Suspense that we all came to know and love. There was not much of his trademark style in the first half of the film but once the revelation of the fate of the first Mrs De Winter is explained then Hitch comes into his own.
It reminded me of The Woman In Black, a novel and excellent stage play, where the title character is largely absent from the screen yet has an amazing presence and hold over the characters.
The main performances are very good, with Mrs Danvers particularly sinister.
As I noted earlier, the only Hitchcock film to win Best Picturre at the Oscars but I feel that it is not as good as his later work, especially during the late 50's, early 60's.