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Gaslight

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.

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Other Films by George Cukor

Camille

A smoldering romantic barn-burner adapted from an Alexandre Dumas story, Camille was one of the most successful films of both star Greta Garbo’s and director George Cukor’s respective careers. In the Cukor’s case, the film is something of an unusual entry in his body of work, as he would become mostly known for intelligent comedies

The Women

Though its focus on modern women’s lives unfortunately made The Women a relative outlier in the 1930s Hollywood pantheon, this delightful melodrama follows three women through the travails (and joys) of their lives: the happy-go-lucky socialite Mary Haines (Norma Shearer), her gossipy, chatterbox cousin Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell), and the seductive, smoky counter girl Crystal