Trigger Warning: This episode discusses instances of abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting.
We arrive at one of the films that Andrew was anticipating the most when coming to discussion Best Picture winners and nominees: George Cukor’s thriller Gaslight. Starring Ingrid Bergman in one of her Oscar winning roles, alongside Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury, this thriller is a film that coined a phrase that has become synonymous with a horrifying act of bruality that people enact on one another.
Co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the intensity of this powerful, enduring classic, while also discussing the morality of Joseph Cotten’s heroic character, exploring the ‘one perfect shot’ aspect of the film, and theorising what kind of impact Gaslight might have had on the film industry if it won Best Picture. And then they wrap up deciding how to pronounce Dune.
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter –
Awards Don't Matter
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For some reason, the last Alfred Hitchcock film to be nominated for Best Picture is his 1945 psychological thriller, Spellbound. Featuring an early performance from Gregory Peck, and another lead performance from Ingrid Bergman, Spellbound was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and winning the Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Oscar for Miklós Rózsa.
While co-hosts Dave and Andrew could have gone the easy route by discussing Mildred Pierce, a much more worthy Best Picture nominee (and deserving winner too), they instead digest how psychology is presented by Hitchcock, how to present a good amnesia film, while also being surprised by the fun of the film.
Spoilers abound for The Yearling too.
Clips presented in this episode: Spellbound trailer // Liverwurst scene // Therapy Scene
Follow the hosts on social media at the links below:
Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
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