22 August 2014

Gaslight (1944)
114 min.
Directed by George Cukor.
With Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest.
A superior thriller from classic director George Cukor.

As a child, young Paula Alquist witnessed the murder of her beloved aunt in their Thornton Square London townhouse.

Now a grown woman, Paula (Bergman) returns home with loving husband Boyer to take up residence in the dusty flat.

But soon, dark fears threaten to overwhelm Paula's dubious sanity...her short term memory begins to fail...she imagines creaking noises in the upstairs floors...her aunt's death seems to hang in the very air all about.

Could she be losing her mind or has her aunt's unexplained murder come back to haunt Paula to her own grave?

Exceedingly well acted (especially from Bergman who won Best Actress for her performance here) and boasting a nicely moody underbelly, this can't-miss suspense gem simply defines 'rainy night viewing.'

In her screen debut, Lansbury is a triumphant hoot as the family's tart maid.

Aka Murder in Thornton Square.

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