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Hitchcock's first two Hollywood films were nominated for Best Picture in the same year; Rebecca won and has claimed a place in film history, whereas Foreign Correspondent has mostly been forgotten. FC's jauntiness is certainly winning, and it's always nice to see George Sanders as a good guy, but the only part of the film that really rises to greatness is Albert Basserman's wonderful monologue. Basserman was nominated for Best Supporting Actor: a pity he didn't win. Almost everything about Rebecca is great, though, and in the end it carries the day easily. On the whole, I think the Academy was right. (How nice it is to say that!)
I just got done with Foreign Correspondent and I thought it was great. I must agree with the Academy though, Rebecca is the superior film.
I also really liked Foreign Correspondent...and I also think Rebecca is the better film.