Movies of the Week

August 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

So I really have no songs of the week. Only slightly shamefully, I’ve just been listening to Third Eye Blind a lot since yesterday and anything else before that this week hasn’t been terribly notable, because I can’t remember what it might have been and referring to iTunes for my records seems to lack soul.

Instead, let’s talk about movies. On Turner Classic Movies (TCM) earlier today there was an airing of the 1944 film, Gaslight featuring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury in her first role. In the 40s there was this genre that revolved around pseudo-psychology and hysterical and/or insane women. It’s a strange genre that also includes such films as Hitchcock’s 1940 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (I’ve tried numerous times to get through the book unsuccessfully). Hollywood had this interesting fascination for decades with that weird pop psychology that is made so blatantly obvious and tends to cast a veil over the entire film, and while Gaslight was a certainly entertaining film, I felt that so much more could have been done with the concept to make it more elaborate. Charles Boyer plays a charming asshole who marries Paula (Ingrid Bergman) and immediately begins to mess with her head, while they live in the home of Paula’s aunt who was murdered there a decade earlier. Ingrid Bergman plays Paula, the hysterical victim, gloriously.

Looking up the film on IMDb produced Wait Until Dark under the listing of “you might also like”, which is an interesting choice in that the 1967 film taps into that same pseudo-psychological analysis of a woman being left to work around the trickery of men. These particular men invade her home and mess with her head, but the movie lacks the gloom of London in Gaslight and the gothic nature of Rebecca, so stylistically it has a very generic 60s feel about it, however, Audrey Hepburn plays a good hysteric and I find it to be a more intense thriller than say, Gaslight, which can be watched just to see the artistry.

Watch Gaslight here.

Watch Rebecca here. (It’s Part 1, refer to the “related videos” for the rest)

Watch Wait Until Dark here.

Bless you, YouTube and stay gold.


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