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April 25, 2011

Gaslight (1944)
Director: George Cukor
Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten

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Synopsis: Newlywed, Paula (Ingrid Bergman), becomes increasingly troubled by strange goings-on in her new London residence.

Review: This Forties’ mystery-thriller may be a touch outdated and overly gothic, but it still has enough good things in it to warrant a revisit. The film looks absolutely gorgeous, from the lustrous black and white photography to the beautiful production design – it makes you realise these cinematic elements really were once an artform, even in fairly industrial Hollywood output like this. Although the narrative itself lacks subtlety (huge spoiler alert) with Charles Boyer’s villainy revealed far too early in the film and Boyer himself turning in a ridiculously hammy performance, it is counteracted nicely by Ingrid Bergman in customary luminous form as the melodramatic victim of the piece. (April 2011)

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