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Gaslight

 
 

Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten and Angela Lansbury.
Directed by George Cukor.  1944

 
     
     
 

I do not think there is a more beautiful submissive than Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight.  Her teary-eyed vulnerability, matched with her corseted elegance is breathe-taking.

Ingrid Bergman plays Paula Alquist, recently married to piano teacher and composer Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer).  The newlyweds move into the London home of Paula's deceased Aunt.  Paula inherited this house when her Aunt, a great opera soprano, was murdered many years ago.  The Victorian splendor of their home is the setting for the slow unraveling of Paula's grasp on reality.  She hears footsteps in the attic, when she is alone in the house.  The gas light dims on it's own accord.  Is she seeing things?  Is she hearing things?  Why can she never remember?  Why is she always losing things?  Were they even there to begin with?  Has she become a kleptomaniac?  A thief?  Or worse?   

Her eyes moist with tears, Ingrid Bergman shows a woman who is completely dominated and crushed by a strong, overpowering force.  Her reality is created and shaped by another.  She is controlled, owned and possessed.  It is the plight and suffering of the beautiful and virtuous that creates eroticism.  Ingrid Bergman won an Academy Award for her performance.

 

 
     
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