10-09 Gaslight

“Gaslight” will be shown at the Alger Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

While October will still have its share of recent second-run films screening at the Alger Theater, one showing detours from the formula to a bygone era of Hollywood in the hopes of raising awareness about a very modern issue.

The scheduled film screening for Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. is “Gaslight,” a classic 1944 film based on a 1938 play, “Angel Street.” Sponsored by Lake County Crisis Center, the screening is the first in what coordinators of Alger films hope will be many nods to the golden age of Hollywood to match the historic and nostalgic ambiance of the 80-year old theater.

The film was chosen by Lake County Crisis Center because of its tale of psychological manipulation, of which the term “gaslighting” has entered common vernacular based on the movie’s display of abuse and undermining behavior. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the film was selected due to its themes that carry a strong message relevant to the month’s awareness efforts.

“We have worked with clients who have experienced manipulation and control of mental states (gaslighting), so this movie remains relevant,” said Gloria Stringer, Lake County Crisis Center Director.

“Gaslight” stars Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton. It follows the story of Paula Alquist (Bergman) who years after her aunt was murdered in her home, moves back into the house with her new husband. The husband however has a secret he will go to great lengths to protect, even if it means psychologically manipulating Paula to the point of insanity.

Far more than just an evening spent in a historic venue with a classic film noir of the World War II era, the film’s message rings true today as an important example of means to identify mental abuse as a way to raise awareness, and where to get help if people feel they are being abused via gaslighting.

The first 50 people at the film screening will receive a free broach – an item that plays a key role in the story arc of the movie. Additionally, a raffle will be held at the screening, with proceeds benefiting the Lake County Crisis Center.

Raffle tickets, sold for $5, will be entered in a drawing for a one-night stay in one of the recently-remodeled rooms at Hunter’s Hot Springs and a plush robe (valued at $200). The winner will also receive the book “The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life” by Dr. Robin Stern.

Admission to the screening of “Gaslight” on Saturday, Oct. 12 is $5.

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