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Gaslight (1944) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..

The film was based on the play Angel Street (aka Gas Light) written by Patrick Hamilton performed at the John Golden Theatre, NY, & Bijou Theatre, NY from 1938 (performed in NY Dec 5, 1941 - Dec 30, 1944).

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorCharles BoyerNominated
Best ActressIngrid BergmanWon
Best Supporting ActressAngela LansburyNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Paul HuldscWon
Best CinematographyJoseph RuttenbergNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
Best WritingJohn Van Druten, Walter Reisch, John L. BalderstonNominated
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On Blu-ray: Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944) and the 1940 Original That Preceded It

By KC on Sep 19, 2019 From Classic Movies

The 1944 version of Gaslight is one of the first classic films I saw and I return to it frequently. It is Hollywood filmmaking at its best, where talent, story, and production value are so good that a simple entertainment becomes an artistic triumph. I recently revisited the George Cukor-directed fi... Read full article


Offbeat Blu-ray Review: Gaslight

By Devon Powell on Jul 10, 2019 From Hitchcock Master

Distributor: Warner Archives Release Date: June 25, 2019 Region: Region Free Length: 01:53:46 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: 2.0 English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz, 24-bit) Subtitles: English SDH Ratio: 1.37:1 Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps George Cukor?s Gaslight has long drawn comparisons to ce... Read full article


? Meia Luz (1944) / Gaslight (1944)

By L? on Feb 16, 2019 From Critica Retro

? Meia Luz (1944) / Gaslight (1944) Este ? o filme que deu a Ingrid Bergman seu primeiro Oscar de Melhor Atriz. Este ? o primeiro filme feito pela atriz Angela Lansbury. Este ? mais um filme com uma protagonista forte dirigido por George Cukor. E este ? o filme que originou o termo “ga... Read full article


Gaslight (1944, George Cukor)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 5, 2018 From The Stop Button

At the end of Gaslight, when all has seemingly been revealed, there?s only one question left. If Scotland Yard inspector Joseph Cotten isn?t an American in London, why doesn?t anyone notice his lack of accent. It?s a wise choice not to give Cotten an accent?presumably he couldn?t do one?but it also ... Read full article


Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018, Sam Liu)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 26, 2018 From The Stop Button

The first act of Gotham by Gaslight is rough. It establishes Batman (Bruce Greenwood) in the Victorian era. He?s fighting with Fagin-types while ?Jack the Ripper? is attacking prostitutes. Jim Krieg?s script, which will go on to impress at times, is rather problematic with the first Ripper victim. D... Read full article


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Paula Alquist Anton: If I were not mad, I could have helped you. Whatever you had done, I could have pitied and protected you. But because I am mad, I hate you. Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I'm mad, I'm rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of regret, watching you go with glory in my heart!


Paula Alquist Anton: Yes, that's it.
[throws the knife away]
Paula Alquist Anton: I am mad. I'm always losing things and hiding things and I can never find them, I don't know where I've put them.


Gregory Anton: I don't ask you to understand me. Between us all the time were those jewels, like a fire - a fire in my brain that separated us - those jewels which I wanted all my life. I don't know why... Goodbye, Paula.


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New scenes not in the original play were added to this version of "Gaslight", and the names of most of the characters were changed. The character that Joseph Cotten plays in this version was changed from a stout, humorously sardonic elderly man to a young, handsome one in order to serve as a potential love interest for Ingrid Bergman in the film, and in order to appeal more to the audience.
Charles Boyer's contract stipulated top billing. When David O. Selznick heard this (Ingrid Bergman was under contract to him at the time), he refused to loan MGM Bergman's services. It was only after much pleading from Bergman, who was very keen to work with Boyer, that Selznick finally relented.
The first time Ingrid Bergman met Charles Boyer was the day they shot the scene where they meet at a train station and kiss passionately. As Boyer was several inches shorter than his co-star, he had to stand on a box, which she kept inadvertently kicking as she ran into the scene.
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