Gaslight is a drama played out on the faces. The way it captures Bergman's self doubt and vulnerability feels like an invasion of privacy, contrasted with Boyer's unwavering emotionless sadism. What's surprising is the way GL lingers on the sadism, the mystery and detective work neglected in favour of emotional torture. It's almost one-note - you begin with a feeling of uneasiness that only amplifies.
3.5* Ingrid Bergman gets on my nerves. I was rooting for Charles Boyer the whole time. And her singing is horrible! If I have to see another one of her pictures I may be the one who goes mad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . My new favorite line: "I'm gaslighting myself."
Gah. Hoping that the reviews here start shifting from "crazy" "neurotic" "innocent" to the less assholish and, ahem, gaslighting terms "traumatized", or, say, "victim of heavily gendered & socially reinforced patterns of control & abuse" given that it's FREAKING 2017, fellow Mubi ppl. Relevant as ever. Thematically, & for the timeless joy of watching teen Angela Lansbury! Strong film (despite standard silly ending).
I spent the whole film thinking they had miscast the leading lady. Another dame could have taken this to the next level. Strange enough, Ingrid Bergman stole the 1945 Oscar from no other than Barbara Stanwyck, who had given one of her most and one of film's most legendary performances in Double Indemnity. Mad world.
I like this movie. I have seen the British version and I like that one too. I don't prefer one over the other. The story is involving and, in both cases, well told. Boyer probably gives the best performance in either film. Cukor gives the American version an MGM slickness but it works. However, neither is a great film and Bergman, touching as she is, did not deserve the Oscar over Stanwyck for "Double Indemnity."
Rien de très folichon à première vue, ni de spécialement original et pourtant. Film inoubliable, construit avec une maîtrise totale, un sens aigu de la dramaturgie et une géniale prestation d'acteurs aux confins de la perfection. Morceau d'anthologie pour une vidéothèque idéale. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte ! www.cinefiches.com