Gaslight (1944)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Academy Award-winning psychological thriller stars Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman ("Casablanca," "Anastasia") as a newlywed unaware that her seemingly charming husband, Charles Boyer ("Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"), is a crazed murderer. After they move into her family's Victorian mansion, he schemes to drive her insane while he searches for a hidden cache of rubies. Chilling and suspenseful, it was nominated for Best Picture and Script. Bergman earned a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as the vulnerable heroine. Boyer and teenage Angela Lansbury (TV's "Murder, She Wrote," "National Velvet") each received nominations. Directed by the great Oscar-winner George Cukor ("My Fair Lady," "The Philadelphia Story"). With Joseph Cotton ("Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons") and Oscar-nominee Dame May Whitty ("Mrs. Miniver").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 24
- Fresh: 20
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir.
Rotten: Gaslight ultimately adds up to very little in the psychological mind-**** department.
Some acclaimed films of years past don't hold up well in modern times. That can not be said of Gaslight. Nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1944, within the first ten minutes it's abundantly clear why. The story is tight, engaging and mysterious, most of which can be attributed to Ingrid Bergman who won the films sole Oscar. She more than deserves it for giving the hard to believe Paula a palpable sadness that overcomes her sometimes incomprehensible behavior. The film is shot beautifully and has a lot of play with shadow which shows heavy German impressionistic influences. Gaslight is not to be missed by anyone who enjoys an exceptionally well made thriller/suspense/mystery.
What a great classic movie! Worth the purchase!!!
Ingrid's best performance--Powerful film.
Ingrid plays a young women being slowly driven insane by her charming but devious new husband. Ingrind definitely deserved her "Best Actress Oscar" for this peformance--she was perfect, and Charles Boyer was chilling and creepy as her murderous husband. This movie is one you won't forget--and will want to watch again just to see Ingrid's performance.