Barossa Film Club’s screening for September is the 1944 classic movie “Gaslight”. George Cukor’s 1944 Hollywood suspense flick “Gaslight” was originally made in 1940 in England under the title “Murder in Thorton Square”. When the Hollywood producers got hold of this hot commodity, they attempted to make the original film vanish from sight and memory by destroying many of the prints. Interesting how this particular tale parallels some of the mental manipulations employed in the film itself.
This tense, atmospheric film takes place in London in the 1870’s several years after a murder shocked the residents of Thorton Square. Paula, the niece of the deceased woman, has inherited her aunt’s house. Strange things start happening when she begins to occupy the place with her new husband. Through a steady thematic build we watch as she slowly loses her mind. “Gaslight” is a classic psychological thriller in the vein of the best Hitchcock with Ingrid Bergman, fresh off “Casablanca”, stealing the show as the innocent victim of mental illness. Bergmann won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance, while 17 year old Angela Lansbury made her film debut and received an Academy nomination.
The film will screen at the Faith College Wine Centre at 7.30 pm on Friday 15th September. Admission is free for Film Club members and membership is obtainable at the door. For enquiries contact President Imelda Carson on 8564 8225