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Gaslight

(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gaslight
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A susceptible young woman marries a suave, romantic man never suspecting that he is a murderous scoundrel, obsessed with finding the jewels hidden in their London home. She becomes the helpless victim as slowly, insidiously, he drives her to the brink of insanity.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 0790745690
Branch Call Number: GASLIGHT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Hamilton, Patrick 1904 Mar. 17-1962
Kaper, Bronislaw 1902-1983
Ruttenberg, Joseph 1889-1983
Wynyard, Diana 1906-1964
Walbrook, Anton 1900-1967
Hobbes, Halliwell 1877-1962
Everest, Barbara 1890-1968
Lansbury, Angela 1925-
Whitty, May 1865-1948
Cotten, Joseph 1905-1994
Bergman, Ingrid 1915-1982
Boyer, Charles 1899-1978
Cukor, George Dewey 1899-
Balderston, John L. (John Lloyd), 1889-1954
Boland, Bridget
Rawlinson, A. R.
Corfield, John 1893-1953
Reisch, Walter
Van Druten, John 1901-1957
Hornblow, Arthur 1893-1976
Warner Home Video (Firm)

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Director George Cukor does it again!! He has made a masterpiece with the film "Gaslight". He takes an excellent script and puts it in the hands of Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. The two are husband and wife. Cukor is a magician with his use of light and shadow to keep the theme of "Gaslight" strong. You won't want to miss a minute of the film. It is really one of the best films director George Cukor ever made.

Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After her aunt and legal guardian, a famous opera singer, is strangled in her London flat heartbroken Paula Alquist (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) takes up residence in Italy. Ten years later, with the murder still unsolved, she returns to England accompanied by her new husband Gregory (a perfectly slimy Charles Boyer) in order to take possession of her late aunt’s richly appointed home. But her wedded bliss is short-lived when disappearing objects and bumps in the night bring her sanity into question; odd occurrences which somehow seem tied to her increasingly coldhearted spouse. Does Gregory have something to hide? And why is he so fascinated with the aunt’s collection of bric-a-brac? A masterpiece of mood and suspense in which a young wife’s fear of impending madness is highlighted by claustrophobic interiors (her opulent quarters are stuffed to the rafters with a dead woman’s memorabilia) and exterior shots of lamplit fog. With her signature sense of grace, Bergman’s Oscar-winning performance traces Paula’s descent from a fresh-faced ingenue ready for life and romance to an emotionally battered hausfrau afraid of every shadow while Boyer (a weak leading man at best) throws everything he’s got into the character of Gregory, a smooth-talking despot whose underlying cruelty creeps forth with each passing scene. Joseph Cotten’s turn as a Scotland Yard inspector tends to fade into the background but an impossibly young Angela Lansbury (just seventeen!!) makes her remarkable screen debut as Nancy, the shiftless maid with loose lips and looser morals. An instant classic!

Oct 31, 2014
  • Matisse rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Maybe we've seen it all before, but nobody does it better than Ingrid Bergman. Maybe we know how it'll end, but watching them get there is a delight! Filmed in gorgeous black and white. George Cukor is a genius.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding 1944 classic thriller. Great suspense (even though a bit predictable). The casting was perfect. Charles Boyer made me despise him as the nasty control freak husband Gregory, and Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman was absolutely extraordinary as poor Paula, his wife, on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (I didn't even realize until after the movie that 17 year old Angela Lansbury played the role of Nancy the trouble making chambermaid.) Terrific film. FIVE STARS.

Sep 11, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time favorites, this portrayal of evil machinations of a husband to drive his young wife crazy is superb. And the one to really watch is the fabulous Ingrid Bergman who is ever so quietly going mad until she explodes one fateful evening. Oh, come on, cut his throat! No one would blame you! (I also have to mention the delicious performance of salacious Angela Lansbury who steals every scene.)

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gregory Anton: "Paula, we shall have visitors - AND SHORTLY." Paula Alquist: "A doctor?" Gregory Anton: "Two. I believe the required number is TWO."

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