22 April 2008

ciné(screen): gaslight

As you know I love old movies. I love the history and more importantly the costumes. The only thing that usually bothers me are the dynamics between men and woman....erg, I get so frustrated when the men boss the women around. Their word is final and that is it. Never I healthy compromise.

With that said, I watched Gaslight (1944) tonight starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten and a very young (19) Angela Lansbury (yes, Murder, She Wrote) as a very flirty maid. The movie is about how newlywed Bergman thinks she is going crazy after moving back into her murdered aunt's house. Her husband, Boyer, is actually behind her "insanity" and everytime I watch it,  I just wanted her to stand up for herself.

Gaslight was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress for Ingrid Bergman (win), Best Actor for Boyer (so should of won, based on his facial expressions alone), and Best Supporting Actress for Angela Lansbury.

"Gaslighting" is actually a form of psychological abuse and basically means that a person drives you crazy by denying what is obviously logical or always putting the blame on you. Interesting, right?

from thestylemusings.com
photo cred: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc

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