Gaslight
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Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Oscars for this suspense thriller, crafted with surprising tautness by normally genteel "women's picture" director George Cukor. Bergman stars as Paula Alquist, a late 19th century English singer studying music in Italy. However, Paula abandons her studies because she's fallen in love with dapper, handsome Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The couple marries and returns to the U.K. and a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Once they have moved in,… More
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"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
"Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Boyer nearly steals the picture, aided and abetted by the stunning debut of Angela Lansbury as a hardbitten servant -- only 18, she grabbed the role and chewed it to bits."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic drama-horror with put upon Bergman and suavely evil Boyer."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Gaslight ultimately adds up to very little in the psychological mind-**** department."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"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
"It's a bit dated now, but still has much to offer, notably George Cukor's intelligent direction."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Overwrought to contemporary eyes, perhaps, but still troubling and, in its own way, powerful."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Soaked in paranoia, Cukor's superb pyschological thriller is a period film noir, just like Hitchcock's The Lodger and Hanover Square, both set in the Edwardian age."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although the 1940 edition rushes to tell its story, the 1944 rendition is content to linger over details of Victorian atmosphere, plush set designs, and spooky noises."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"George Cukor conjures up an oppressive atmosphere... But it's not quite enough to cover up the script's yawning gaps in logic."
‑ , Total Film
"Brilliant classic of mind-game suspense."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A terrific atmospheric thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a moderately entertaining variation on the old gothic thriller"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
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