Gaslight

A harrowing and claustrophobic study of murder, abuse and lust in Victorian London.

Based on Patrick Hamilton’s celebrated stage play, Thorold Dickinson’s (The Queen of Spades, The Next of Kin) Gaslight is a harrowing and claustrophobic study of murder, abuse and lust in Victorian London. By turns charming and cruel, Anton Walbrook (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp) excels as the sadistic husband who attempts to drive his wife (Diana Wynyard) mad to prevent her from disclosing his dark past. This digitally remastered presentation of one of the great British psychological thrillers is accompanied by a number of Dickinson’s short documentary films.

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Spanish A B C (Thorold Dickinson, Sidney Cole, 1938, 20 min): a short film on the Republican efforts to improve education standards during the Spanish Civil War.
  • Behind the Spanish Lines (Sidney Cole, Thorold Dickinson, 1938, 20 min): a companion piece to Spanish A B C which looks at life in the Republican zone.
  • Westward Ho! (Thorold Dickinson, 1940, 9 min): a short film to promote the evacuation of urban children to rural areas.
  • Miss Grant Goes to the Door (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940, 7 min): a short film about a German invasion from a story by Dickinson.
  • Yesterday is Over Your Shoulder (Thorold Dickinson, 1940, 9 min): a short film encouraging unskilled workers to join free, government organised, engineering training schemes.
  • Original promotional materials and documents from the BFI National Archive (downloadable PDFs, DVD only).

Product information

    • Certificate

      PG

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      84mins

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1168

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