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Gaslight (1944)

Ten years after her aunt was murdered in their London home, a woman returns from Italy in the 1880s to resume residence with her new husband. His obsessive interest in the home rises from a secret that may require driving his wife insane. (NR, 114 min.)


Thursday, June 1, 2023

7:00 PM

In the role for which she won the first of her three Academy Awards, Ingrid Bergman stars in this classic thriller as a devoted bride whose groom is trying to make her insane as part of his plot to murder her. Late 19th century Victorian England. Young Paula Alquist (Bergman--Casablanca, Indiscreet) has given up a promising singing career to marry Gregory Anton. Deeply in love, she refuses to believe--then cannot convince anyone else--that her new husband is a thief who murdered her aunt, that everyone in her household is plotting to kill her ... and that something evil will happen every time she sees a dimming of the Gaslight. [Warner Bros]

Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
Director: George Cukor
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery, Drama

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"Brilliant classic of mind-game suspense."

— Nell Minow, Common Sense Media

"It's a superbly creepy thriller, with universal themes...An essential movie in anyone's canon."

— Paul Byrnes Sydney, Morning Herald

"Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character."

— Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Patrick Hamilton's London stage melodrama, is given an exciting screen treatment by Arthur Hornblow Jr's excellent production starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten."

— Variety Staff, Variety

"Direction by George Cukor is ever a display of fine craftsmanship. He utilizes small mosaics of sharp characterization in building to his climax and works in each facet faultlessly. This is the job for which Cukor admirers have been waiting."

— THR Staff, Hollywood Reporter