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Directed by George Cukor

United States 1944 114 mins.

Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three career Oscars for her intensely vulnerable, highly expressive work in Cukor’s taut, subtle marriage thriller. She plays opposite a suitably creepy Charles Boyer, whose psychopathic husband Gregory terrorizes Bergman’s Paula when the two move into her murdered aunt’s house. Upon learning that her aunt was murdered for a very specific reason, Paula—and her neighbors—see Gregory increasingly attempting to drive her crazy, intent on dredging up a secret long buried in the decaying Victorian mansion. Although a characteristically glossy MGM production, Gaslight is an underappreciated noir melodrama of the first order, foreshadowing Bergman’s character in Hitchcock’s Notorious.

New 35mm print courtesy Warner Brothers.