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Ever wondered where the term 'gaslighting' may have originated from? Well Academy Cinemas has the perfect double bill for you!
On Sunday December 10th we are presenting two masterful, atmospheric classic mysteries featuring terrorised and elaborately deceived heroines who extract sweet vengeance on the men who do them wrong!
20min intermission in between films.
dir. George Cukor
Lights flicker and dim. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she's losing her mind exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Directed by George Cukor, GASLIGHT shines as a superb exercise in suspense.
Ingrid Bergman won her first Academy Award as Paula, doubting her sanity while clinging to it. Fellow Oscar nominee Charles Boyer skilfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her movie debut (also capturing an Oscar nomination) help make the Victorian era vividly realized through production design that earned an Academy Award.
MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (1945)
dir. Joseph H. Lewis
After a promising start on Poverty Row quickies, Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY, THE BIG COMBO) made his first film at Columbia and established himself as a director to watch with this Gothic-tinged Hitchcockian breakout hit, which later proved so popular that Columbia promoted it to A-feature status.
The morning after Julia Ross (Nina Foch, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS) takes a job in London as secretary to wealthy widow Mrs Williamson Hughes (Dame May Whitty, THE LADY VANISHES), she wakes up in a windswept Cornish mansion, having been drugged. Mrs Hughes and her volatile son, Ralph (George Macready, GILDA), attempt to gaslight Julia into believing she is Ralph s wife, Marion. Her belongings have been destroyed, the windows barred and the locals believe that she is mad. Will Julia be able to escape before she falls prey to the Hughes sinister charade? And what happened to the real Marion Hughes?