Gaslight (1944)

GEORGE CUKOR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1944.  Screenplay by , , ,  based on the play Angel Street by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1944.  Cannes Film Festival 1946.  Golden Globe Awards 1944.

 won her first of three Academy Awards for this superficial Victorian mystery about an innocent woman whose manipulative husband () is trying to convince her that she is insane in order to push her towards suicide. She comes very close to believing it, but what woman hasn’t nearly gone insane because she had a husband? A British version of the same story was made a few years earlier, but MGM ordered all the prints destroyed in order that their version would be the more successful (particularly since those who had seen the original immediately recognized its superiority). Look for a sharp debut by a very young , who had to wait for her eighteenth birthday before she could film the scene in which she smokes.

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