Gaslighting, or manipulating someone into doubting their own sanity, is a concept with enduring personal and political resonance. The origin of the term is this dark thriller, in which Charles Boyer psychologically terrorizes Ingrid Bergman. Gaslight retains its unnerving power, and the electrifying scene when Bergman finally confronts her abuser is a moment of unabashed feminist triumph. But is this film really a noir? Noir maven Eddie Muller is on the fence. “You decide,” he says.
runtime: 114m format: 35mm
Part of our Friday series, The Women’s Picture Noir
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