Gaslight Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2014
Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won one for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated for it, only), in a taut thriller where the tension is efficiently increased by an exemplary art direction and mise-en-scène.
Super Reviewer
May 9, 2012
Remakes are often (and righteously) seen as the blight of the film industry but that is not the case here in this elegant reworking of a lean and muscular Brit classic. Hollywood's magic is in hard evidence with better writing, camera work, lighting and sound than the original. And then there is the cast. A woman in a fashionable London townhouse, seemingly alone, cut off, in doubt of her own sanity, wonders if she's ruined what once seemed a happy marriage. Bergman won an Oscar, but everyone brings home the bacon here.
Super Reviewer
½ July 26, 2010
A very Hitchcockian thriller, if not close to the quality of the best movies by Hitchcock or his imitators. The plot (involving a woman who slowly seems to be losing her grip on reality...or is she?) probably was much more effective in 1944, now this kind of thing has been done so many times that it seems painfully transparent from the very beginning. Gaslight isn't a bad movie, but it lacks the timeless quality that makes so many classics as good today (or even better) than they were when they were made.

Kudos to Ingrid Bergman, though, who is mesmerizing in the last half of the movie. She's truly one of the greatest actresses of all time.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2010
Similar to other suspense movies of the forties, but still a pretty powerful story. I really like this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ January 20, 2009
A superb psychological thriller about a husband who is slowly driving his wife insane (yeah, that never happens...)
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
May 21, 2010
Ingrid Bergman is the victim of Charles Boyer's sadistic mindgames in 1944's "Gaslight", a gothic film noir set in turn-of-the-century London. Paula (Bergman) moves to Paris after finding her aunt, a famous singer, strangled to death in their home. While training to follow in her aunt's performing footsteps, she's swept off her feet by the debonair pianist, Gregory Anton (Boyer, in an evil "Peppy La Pue" sort of performance). In no time, they're married, but things go quickly downhill for Paula, as Gregory first moves them into the house where her aunt was murdered and then systematically beats her sanity down with mind games designed to make her think she's going mad. The mystery here isn't so much whether or not she's going mad (we know she isnt'), but why her husband wants to do this to her. The suspense builds as we wonder how it's going to end, and who (or what) will, or can stop him. Ingrid Berman is fantastic as the tortured wife (as well she should be, she does it again in Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious"), and I enjoyed the love triangle between her Boyer, and Joseph Cotten, who's Scotland Yard detective (without even an attempt at a British accent) gets one of those famous noir "hunches", and re-opens the case of the long dead singer who once autographed a glove for him. Director George Cukor does a near hitchcock-like job making of this film creepy and eerie, and I love the title and the role it plays in the film.
Super Reviewer
February 9, 2008
Probably my favorite Ingrid Bergman performance. In this film she plays Paula, a young wife who is being slowly driven mad by her scheming husband, Gregory (Charles Boyer)...or is she? You actually can feel her pain and her panic as she starts losing her grip on reality. By the time of the wonderful cliimax, you think maybe she really DID go around the bend. Boyer is condescending and evil as the husband. A very young, beautiful Angela Lansbury is a bit on the evil side too as the tacky-trashy Cockney-accented housekeeper Nancy. I enjoyed her performance because it's so different from the wise kindly women she played later in her career. And Joseph Cotten is good as the neighbor and Scotland Yard detective who puts together the pieces on what is really going on. The kindness he showed to Paula was touching to me. But this is ultimately Ingrid's movie. Brilliant.
Super Reviewer
July 27, 2008
Far better than My overrated Fair Lardy
Super Reviewer
August 19, 2007
atmospheric, great period detail. Ingrid Bergman and the rest of the cast are first rate.
Super Reviewer
½ February 8, 2007
Lansbury and Cotten in supporting roles are wonderful. The tension is built carefully. The gas powered lights around the home Bergman and Boyer have moved into flicker with suspense. In this case, I think this version of the same basic story as Hitchcock's Suspicion, from three years earlier, is the more fulfilling thriller.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2013
A nicely drawn out suspense that still thrills. The horrible subtext works well with Bergman and Boyer. Likely inspired later Hitchcock works.
Super Reviewer
August 28, 2009
A pretty darn good psychological thriller, wherein a husband slowly tries to drive his wife mad by subtly manipulating the environment around her and then denying that her perception has any basis in reality.
I love the setting- an old Victorian home right in London, England. I thought the acting was great but wasn't exactly blown away by Ingrid Bergman's acting considering she won an Oscar for Lead Actress that year.
After I saw the film I heard the expression, "He's gaslighting her," which is an awesome use of the title of the film (which was originally a play.)
Super Reviewer
½ January 26, 2013
If it weren't for its cinematography and the performances of Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, "Gaslight" would be another run-of-the-mill noir. George Cukor isn't any Hitchcock, but he directs suspense quite well, and Joseph Cotten proves himself to be one of the most underappreciated actors of all time with another one of his classically understated performance.
Super Reviewer
June 27, 2012
A great document of how 'gaslighting' works as a real form of psychological abuse. Masterpiece of acting and film noir, as well as psychologically-accurate storytelling.
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2007
I thought the plot sounded interesting, but it was dealt with horribly. There was no suspense, it was predictable, the characters were flat and boring and everyone [except Joseph Cotten] overacted.
Super Reviewer
June 13, 2010
Gaslight is a 1944 mystery-thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton's play performed as Angel Street on Broadway in 1941. It was the second version to be filmed; the first, released in Great Britain, had been made a mere four years earlier. This 1944 version of the story was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. This remake had a larger scale and budget and lends a different feel to the material.
Terrifying psichological thriller, with great performances.Clsssic in my collection now.
Super Reviewer
½ December 23, 2007
Very over the top suspense/drama that is very much like a not so hot version of Rebecca.
½ November 25, 2011
Interesting Gothic melodrama that's pretty well done. Boyer and Bergman both give very good performances. Very good script; every one of Boyer's lines are so crucial to keeping up the illusion, and it works well.
December 17, 2012
Surprisingly good psychological thriller. Great acting by the leads and good story to back em up. Don't miss Angela Lansbury in a supporting role as Nancy.
January 28, 2013
This American version of the 1940 British production still has the same atmospheric uncertainty. This version however has bigger heavyweights in Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton and Cahrles Boyer. It is great psychological thriller that literally plays with your mind. Berman's Oscar-wiining performance is the perfect example of someone losing their mind. Both version are great, but if you prefer named stars, than this version is the best.

Grade: A-
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