Gaslight

Gaslight

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Gaslight Reviews

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July 6, 2014
I really loved this British film without knowing there is a better american version that came 4 years later. Based on a play this psychological thriller takes you from being not sure who of the troubled couple to believe to being very sympathetic to the victim. Anton Walbrook is a great very hateable villain to the torment and innocents in Diana Wynyards eyes. Lots of very clever set pieces in this film even though many, such as the gaslight, are from a bygone era. Great plot, well acted and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
March 16, 2013
A heiress is brought to madness by his scheming, jewel-hungry husband. First film version of the 'Angel Street' play by Patrick Hamilton set in a Victorian London. A solid thriller with compelling dramatic undertones coated in powerful domestic mystery.
January 26, 2013
This film's strongest aspect is Anton Walbrook's menacing portrayal. However, the 1944 remake is more successful at executing certain plot details (the brooch for example) with more plausibility. Also, Bergman's and Lansbury's acting abilities far surpass those of the original female leads.
November 1, 2012
If you think Hollywood remakes of ridiculously recent films is a modern innovation, well, you're wrong. Witness the British 1940 Gaslight, which MGM famously buried to promote its 1944 remake directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.

Unfortunately, this Gaslight does suffer in comparison to the later polished Hollywood production. The plot lacks the more interesting plot complications of the remake, and while some might call it streamlined, to be honest, the film's first hour drags considerably. Anton Walbrook portrays a certain strain of misogyny well, but the unambiguity of his performance hurts the movie overall. Diana Wynard is decent if brittle, and simply doesn't measure up to Bergman in one of her most iconic roles.

The premise of "Gaslight" is quite compelling-- there's a reason it's entered the modern parlance to describe a particular phenomenom of psychological torture-- but in this adaptation the horror of being made to go mad hasn't quite ... bloomed yet.
August 28, 2012
Pales in comparison to George Cukor's remake but is still pretty damn entertaining in its own right.
Cameron B.
July 22, 2012
It's a frame for how all mysteries should be.
June 12, 2012
The 1944 American version is the better known one, but this original British production is tighter and plays the suspense very well.

Grade: B
June 8, 2012
different spin on this but i prefer the ingrid bergman verson
David S

Super Reviewer

May 20, 2012
An interesting British thriller that isn't great but does possess one great performance from Walbrook as the evil husband. I'd already seen a stage version and so knew what to expect but the film surprised me in its brutality (the strangulation of an old woman in the first few minutes) and its morally ambiguous characters.
April 24, 2012
I had never heard of the play nor seen the 1944 version, so had nothing to compare it with. I found it quite enjoyable, but the plot felt a little bit thin for some reason.
jjnxn
jjnxn

Super Reviewer

April 17, 2010
Not bad version of classic story but missing the mystique and chemistry of the Ingrid Bergman/Charles Boyer take of the same story. Part of the problem is that Walbrook is too obviously cruel and twisted right from the start instead of the more subtle approach taken by Boyer. Also while Diana Wynyrd was a fine actress she did not have the star charisma of Bergman which pulled you into the heroine's dilemma.
JonathanHutchings
JonathanHutchings

Super Reviewer

December 15, 2011
MGM famously tried to destroy this film's negatives so it wouldn't compete with its own 1944 remake starring Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury. Good thing they didn't, because we wouldn't have the great fortunate of watching the darker side of Anton Walbrook. His villainy may be a little over-the-top, but he does it with such conviction, commitment, and stature that I bought it 100%. If that isn't a testament to how great of an actor he was, I don't know what is.
Dave J
July 8, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011

(1940) Gaslight
THRILLER

First theatrical version of the Patrick Hamilton play which focuses on a just married husband's goal to drive his wife insane while looking for some emeralds at the same time! Quite well done!

3 out of 4
Drew S

Super Reviewer

November 3, 2010
Nothing special. Fucking Netflix sent this version to me instead of the Ingrid Bergman version. It makes for a marginally compelling tale of deception and murder, but Bella's husband is so over-the-top evil that they should have made his mustache a little longer so he could twist it. Bella herself is mostly ineffectual and whiny, and though you obviously feel sorry for her as she's trapped in this perverse psychological game, she doesn't really offer any interesting insight into her predicament or mental state. She's just a crazy lady with a controlling husband living in a house where an old lady died. It's basically a Victorian Gothic paint-by-numbers.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

February 1, 2009
Anton Walbrook seems far more sinister than Charles Boyer did in the later Hollywood release. Thank goodness this version survived in spite of MGM's repeated attempts to destroy it.
acorn072681
January 23, 2009
A good movie, but I remember enjoying the remake better. I'll have to try and find it somewhere to watch it again to make sure.
delovelyster
July 3, 2008
Much preferable to the remake.
Great atmosphere and acting.
March 29, 2008
Excellence! I want to see the other version now to compare it.
March 28, 2008
Very British and very boring, just watch the much better Hitchcock version.
March 26, 2008
I love this story. The acting is good, Paul Mallen is very creepy and Bella Mallen is a believable nervous wife. The end is exciting!
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