Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gaslight (1944)

Ingrid Bergman may be most famous as Ilsa in Casablanca, but her first of three lifetime Oscar wins came as Paula in George Cukor's Gaslight (she wasn't even nominated for Casablanca).

After fleeing London following the murder of her aunt, Paula returns ten years later with her new husband to the same house which she had inherited. Now back home, her husband is concerned her innocent forgetfulness is becoming a growing problem. As Paula begins more and more to doubt her own sanity, a young detective thinks it may be her husband who is up to something and attempts to reopen the investigation into the still unsolved murder of Paula's aunt.

Bergman is great as she portrays a woman driving herself insane with the possibility that she may already be insane. A teenage Angela Lansbury is fun to see as the cockney maid with loose morals and was herself Oscar nominated for her work here.

A solid mystery that despite casting suspicion early on the husband, does keep you guessing until the end.

107 to go...

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