"Are you suggesting this is a knife I hold in my hand?"
Ingrid Bergman took home her first Oscar for her portrayal of a woman who is psychologically broken down by her husband in Gaslight, but it was a film she was hesitant to star in.
She was nervous about playing such a weak-willed woman. In the end, she delivered a stellar performance and was very proud of the film and her role in it. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Ingrid Bergman series with George Cukor’s 1944 film Gaslight.
We talk about this film and the 1940 version directed by Thorold Dickinson and how MGM almost gaslit that film out of existence. We discuss the idea of gaslighting and why it makes for such a successful story here. We look at Bergman paired with Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten – not to mention Angela Lansbury in her screen debut – and what they bring to the table. We chat about Cukor and his working relationship with the women in his films. And we look at the gorgeous and noirish cinematography here and talk about how it lends to the overall tone of the film.
It’s an incredible film that people need to see (really, the 1940 version needs to be seen as well). We love it and are thrilled to talk about it on the show this week. Check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!
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