in about 100 words or less
US 114m, B&W
Director: George Cukor; Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury
Gaslight is a first-rate psychological thriller about a woman who is driven mad by her manipulative husband who methodically implants fear and doubt into her psyche in order to control her for his own dark obsession. Unknowingly linked to her husband by the unsolved murder of her aunt, Paula’s predicament comes to the attention of a Scotland Yard Detective who takes an interest in the couple’s problems. With the feel of a Hitchcock film, Gaslight is remains a surprisingly satisfying film despite its age (Klaus Ming January 2014).