BFI To Release Thorold Dickinson’s ‘Gaslight’ in a Newly Remastered Dual Format Edition on 18 November, 2013



A Film By Thorold Dickinson

Based on Patrick Hamilton’s celebrated stage play, Gaslight (1940) directed by Thorold Dickinson (The Queen of SpadesThe Next of Kin) is a harrowing and claustrophobic study of murder, abuse and lust in Victorian London.

Unseen for many decades, this newly remastered version of Dickinson’s psychological classic is available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, released with a host of extras in a Dual Format Edition on 18 November 2013 as part of the BFI’s GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film.

By turns charming and cruel, Anton Walbrook (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes) excels as the sadistic husband, Paul Mallen who attempts to drive his wife Bella (Diana Wynyard (Cavalcade)) mad to prevent her disclosing his dark past.

The success of Gaslight on stage and film encouraged Hollywood studio MGM to buy the remake rights, with a clause insisting that all existing prints of Dickinson’s version be destroyed. Fortunately, Dickinson had made a ‘secret’ print, which was donated to the BFI and used for reference when the film was digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive.



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 Special Collections (downloadable PDFs, DVD only).

Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays from Henry K. Miller, Iain Sinclair, Philip Horne, Peter Swaab and Michael Brooke.


Release Date: 18 November, 2013

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