(1944) Directed by George Cukor. Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten. (114 min.) DVD.
Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar in this Victorian-era gothic noir as Paula, an opera student who falls in love with a mysterious stranger. They move into the abandoned house of her murdered aunt, and Paula fears she is going mad . . . or is she? Eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury makes her film debut as a saucy Cockney maid.
“One of Bergman's best performances, with Boyer not too far behind, and Lansbury unforgettable" (Time Out Film Guide).
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.