George Cukor helped transform a moody Victorian stage melodrama (previously filmed in Britain in 1939) into a gothic Hollywood romantic thriller. Ingrid Bergman stars as a meek, uncertain heiress courted and married in a whirlwind romance by the debonair Charles Boyer, but when they move back into her childhood home she begins losing her grip on reality and becomes convinced that her husband is trying to drive her insane. Joseph Cotten, rather stiff and colorless next to the anguished Bergman and charming and lively Boyer, is the heroic Scotland Yard detective who becomes enamored of the skittish woman who is slowly succumbing to madness. The grand, glorious sets and elegant photography recall Hitchcock's Rebecca, another lush Hollywood gothic melodrama of a retiring young wife overwhelmed by the history of her abode, and Gaslight is still assumed by some to be a Hitchcock film (the Bergman connection doesn't help the confusion). It's really a rather straightforward thriller with a forced plot device, but under Cukor's control the tightly constructed script is given the full MGM treatment, then reined in for intimate moments of harrowing suspense. Boyer brilliantly played off his continental lover reputation by adding an undercurrent of malevolence and Bergman won an Oscar for her haunted performance. It also marks the memorable debut of Angela Lansbury as a saucy maid unwittingly drawn into Boyer's master plan. --Sean Axmaker
I ordered this DVD but when I watched it wasn'T Ingrid who was Playing in this movie! Even if her face is on the Cover!! Please Everyone Don't purchase it if it's for Ingrid :O!Published on April 4 2011 by July
I love this Movie!I first decided to watch this when I found out Angela Lansbury was in it,because she is my favorite actress. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
Well, I beg to differ with the Amazon reviews. The thing that makes this extra creepy is that our young, uncertain heiress fully believes she can trust her new husband. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Laura Smith
The Amazon listing is incorrect, and the photo of the DVD must use an old theatre poster as the artwork. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
I have waited for this movie to be released for a long time on dvd.
Now after almost 30 years i get to see the Uk version which is on the flip side of GASLIGHT. Read more