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Both are terrific movies. For me, while the British version is leaner and faster, the Cukor film is by far the greater of the two. The relationship between Walbrook and Wynyard in the 1940 version is a well-played but two dimensional depiction of a tormentor and his victim. Boyer's and Bergman's characters are more complex and subtle in the 1944 film. There is a genuine romantic/sexual energy between them. While Boyer is sinister he also very charming and attractive. And you watch as the once-vibrant Bergman gives up her self confidence and becomes emotionally dependent on Boyer a little bit at a time. And what can you say about the amoral delinquent maid of Angela Lansbury? That alone is worth the price of admission!
A great movie and a very good movie. Buy the DVD and enjoy them both!
Ingrid Bergman is magnificent as "Paula Alquist Anton", who recently married the suave and sophisticated "Gregory Anton" (played by Charles Boyer, who was never better, and never more sinister and underhanded than we find him here).
Little did Paula know when she married the dashing Mr. Anton -- who is 16 years her senior (based on the ages of the actors portraying these characters; Bergman was 28 when she made the film; Boyer was 44) -- that Gregory had a conniving little scheme up his devious sleeve the whole time; a scheme to slowly but surely drive the new Mrs. Anton out of her mind. It's a story that's been done before in the cinema, to be certain; but "Gaslight" sends this plotline to a different (and better) plateau. It plays out very nicely and effectively in this film. And you gotta love Ingrid in the final act when she confronts her plotting husband. She's just great here, in a terrific finale to the picture.
Bergman and Boyer are both just right for their parts here; and I doubt if Miss Bergman ever looked better through the probing camera's eye than she does in her many close-ups in "Gaslight". She is simply ravishing on screen in this motion picture. The supporting cast is ideal as well, including the always-first-rate Joseph Cotten, plus Dame May Whitty in a humorous role as a neighborhood busybody, and Angela Lansbury in her very first movie role (she turned 18 while the film was being made).Read more ›
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They don't make 'em like this anymore! Ingrid Bergman is fantastic & totally believable.Published 2 days ago by Grandma Moose
Rather than wait for TCM to put this on their movie channel, we prefer to own it and watch it whenever.we want. It is one of the all-time greats.Published 4 days ago by jacqueline m leonard
Everyone should watch this at some point in his/her life. Many of us have this happening to us right now or at some point in their lives, yet no one realizes that what"s being... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Cicero
There's a reason why over 70 years after its initial theatrical release we still love this original psychological thriller. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Historian Laurel A. Rockefeller
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Love this movie- may order another version just because I like the movie. Was in great shape when arrivedPublished 24 days ago by Ruth Sackey