"Gas Light" is an American historical film  by George Cucor (1944) with the participation of Ingrid Bergman , Charles Buyer and Joseph Cotten . Filmed on the play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton (1938), which was staged in America under the name "Angel Street" and was already filmed in England in 1940  .
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Victorian England . A young heiress with her husband moves into the house of a strangled opera prima. The head of the family often leaves the spouse alone, and after equal pauses after his departure, the light in the gas horns begins to slowly weaken.
Paula - a spectacular, impressionable girl with a beautiful, but not strong voice - marries her accompanist and settles with him in the house where she lived in childhood and where she witnessed the terrible murder of her aunt, the famous actress. The mystery of the murder and the fate of the missing jewels are still not disclosed.
The gloomy atmosphere of the house begins to oppress Paul, she practically ceases to go out. Everything else, it seems to her that in the evenings the gas light fades slightly in the house, and in the empty boarded-up attic, quiet rustles and steps are heard above her head ... Paula feels herself losing her mind ...
Inspector Brian Cameron, a fan of the late actress, shocked by the outward resemblance of the two women, begins to monitor the house, gradually becoming convinced that what is happening is connected with a crime 10 years ago ...
- Ingrid Bergman - Paula Alquist
- Charles Buyer - Gregory Anton
- Joseph Cotten - Brian Cameron
- May Whitty - Miss Twights
- Angela Lansbury - Nancy Oliver, Maid (first on screen)
- Barbara Everest - Elizabeth Tompkins
- Heather Thatcher - Lady Delroy
- Emil Ramu - Maestro Guardi
- Terry Moore - Paula Alquist at age 14
- Gibson Gowland - a maid
From the name of the film Gaslight , the term "gaslighting" is formed in English . This is a type of psychological violence , consisting of manipulations to sow the individual doubts about the reality of what is happening and the validity of his own perception of reality. Under the influence of gaslighting, a person begins to see himself as a madman.
- Oscar - 1944
- Oscar - "Best Actress": Ingrid Bergman
- Oscar - "The Best Art Decorators"
- Oscar - nomination "Best Supporting Actress"
- Oscar - Best Film nomination
- Oscar - nomination "Best Actor"
- Oscar - nomination "Best Operator"
- Oscar - nomination "Best Screenwriter"
- Some film experts consider Gas Light to be a noir film disguised as a Victorian costume film.
- low-budget British film version of the play was quickly forgotten, as is commonly believed , under the pressure of the MGM colossus studio, interested in promoting its own remake. All the negatives of the English film were destroyed, with the exception of the only copy that the director kept in his house.
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