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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

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