Nudity: None
Sex: None
Some kisses between a married couple but nothing too explicit. 10+
A woman wears a dress revealing cleavage.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Since Hitchcock, suspense films and psychology are like what aunt Qiongyao said, “two clay figurines, break together” — “you have me, I have you”. Students in the Department of psychology always watch several suspense blockbusters in class. After reading the blockbusters, they don’t forget to make two psychoanalysis reports, from psychoanalysis in [Dr. Edward], to voyeurism in [back window], and then to personality division in [thriller]. This movie starring Ingrid Bergman [under the gas lamp] can also occupy a seat in the film viewing Manual of psychology students.

Apart from psychology, [under the gas lamp] is a great suspense film, which is closely linked, full of doubts and tension.

The aunt of the girl Paula was brutally killed under her own portrait. Paula left London in order to forget this past, but met the handsome young Anton. In Anton’s warm pursuit, Paula quickly fell in love. The two returned to the old house in London to build a love nest together. However, whenever Anton leaves home, Paula always hears a strange noise and sees the gas lamp gradually dim. Her husband tells her that it is just an illusion. Paula is approaching the edge of collapse step by step due to the death of her aunt, her husband’s hint, the maid’s contempt and the repressive environment

George gucco, who once directed my fair lady, is quite successful in creating a suspense and tense atmosphere.

Hitchcock once said in an article entitled “why am I afraid of the dark” that fear can make the audience jump up in panic, while suspense keeps the audience in a state of doubt and anxiety. If a table of people sits playing cards and suddenly explodes, the tension may only last for 15 seconds, but if you change the shooting method, shoot the bomb in the countdown first, and then the card player, the audience will hold their breath for the next 10 minutes.

In [under the gas lamp], the bomb is the gentle and considerate husband Anton. We all watch movies in the dark room, counting the countdown of the bomb. When was the time bomb planted? It was probably when Anton changed his look and roughly took the letter found in Paula’s music score, or earlier, when Anton persuaded Paula to return to the old house where the murder occurred.

Charles Boyer’s perfect husband Anton has to admit that he is a master of psychology. He is calm, cruel and ruthless, pushing the heroine into a desperate situation step by step. The trick he uses is the most common method in Psychology – psychological suggestion.

The so-called psychological hint is the ancient saying of “attacking the heart”. Friends who have read the Three Kingdoms should remember how Zhuge Liang died indirectly at the hands of Sima Yi.

Sima Yi did not ask Zhuge Liang’s envoys about the Shu army, but how much food and sleep Zhuge Liang ate every day, and whether he was busy at ordinary times. The messenger told the truth, and Sima Yi sighed, “Kong Ming has little trouble with food. How can it last long!” Zhuge Liang eats less and is busy. How can he live long? As a result, after hearing this, Zhuge Liang felt “restless” and died soon.

Sima Yi successfully “cursed” ZHUGE Liang by using psychological suggestion, which shows the power of psychological suggestion.

Back in ancient China to this old American film of the 1940s, let’s see how an evil husband uses psychological cues to force his poor wife to collapse.

Anton has long been premeditated. He arranged a romantic encounter with Paula, a crazy love affair and a lightning marriage. When they returned to London as planned, Anton extended a hint claw to Paula and began to brainwash her step by step.

During Anton’s brainwashing of Paula, there are several steps to be taken:

1 information blocking

That is, let the other party continuously contact a kind of information for a period of time. In the film, from the brooch incident when visiting the tower of London, the portrait taken down, the watch lost at the party, to denying the letter Paula once found in the score, Anton is sending the same message to Paula: your memory is getting worse and worse, you always forget what you have done, and you have hallucinations. Such information constantly impacted Paula, making her distrust her feelings more and more. She was in a trance and haggard.

2 Relationship blocking

That is to restrict the other party’s personal freedom. From the first day he moved into his old house in London, Anton found every reason to prohibit his wife from contacting the outside world. He turned a deaf ear to the visits of enthusiastic neighbors, pleaded his discomfort with the invitation to the dance, and the old housekeeper was deaf and inconvenient to communicate. He also told the newly hired maid to report only to himself. He neither allowed his wife to socialize nor let his wife go out for a walk, Nominally, it is the care of the wife. In fact, it is to isolate the wife and prevent the relationship.

3 moderate threat

Either use violence or hysterical roar. Anton obviously uses the latter. Whenever Paula shows dissatisfaction and resistance, Anton takes out her husband’s dignity. With a little severity, Paula is forced to go on.

4 establish authority

That is, emphasize your correctness. In the film, Anton is good at using human and material evidence to prove his correctness. When the portrait is taken down, he asks the housekeeper and maid to swear to the Bible that it is not the housekeeper or maid who takes down the portrait, it can only be the poor wife. This is a dead end of thinking. It is often the thief who cries to catch the thief, but how can Paula who panicked God doubt her husband’s head? Anton also “cleverly” arranged the brooch and watch events. To be honest, I don’t know how he did it now. Is he not just a gem thief or a magic master? In short, he always makes the evidence irrefutable, and then makes the heroine crazy with disappointment and helplessness.

Wu Zhihong concluded in the book “why does family hurt people”: one-on-one brainwashing is enough to meet the above conditions. Because the people who implement brainwashing have too much perseverance and determination. The brainwashed party will finally surrender. Moreover, when they begin to surrender, they will think with a peaceful attitude: “forget it, admit defeat this time. I’m too tired.”

Sure enough, this is the beginning of Paula’s nightmare. Anton brainwashed again and again, and Paula’s psychological defense collapsed thousands of miles.

On the other hand, it has a lot to do with Paula’s strong suggestibility.

American psychologist sturgeon once divided people into two categories: field independent and field dependent. Field dependent people tend to show a higher level of suggestibility and lower independence. Paula, the heroine of the film, is a typical field dependent person. She is not confident in her feelings and is often influenced by the outside world.

I heard footsteps on my head and saw the gas light dim, but I had to ask the semi deaf housekeeper for confirmation. Under the constant hint of my husband, I had deep doubts about my memory and mental state. At the end of the video, even at the end, the detective revealed the truth to her, and once my husband came back, he just repeated to her, “it’s just your illusion”, She hesitated again.

I think Paula’s personality is also influenced by her own experience. Paula has no father. Her mother died very early. She is foster in her aunt’s house. Coupled with her sensitive artistic temperament, she will naturally be sensitive, fragile and insecure, which is the main reason why she is easy to be implied to a certain extent.

However, Paula also resisted, which is called “self-worth protection rebellion” in psychology. People sometimes react inversely to the influence of the outside world due to the promotion of self-worth protection motivation. Under Anton’s control, Paula intuitively feels oppressed and unfair. It’s a pity that this weak resistance is completely vulnerable in front of powerful Anton.

In Anton’s ingenious hint cage, Paula suffers from mental torture and loss every day. Just then, detective Berlin appeared. He broke Anton’s stop. The truth came out and Paula didn’t fall into the madhouse.

In the film, Anton’s criminal motive is several valuable gems without market. In real life, such a gemstone fanatical husband is rare. However, malicious psychological hints in the family are not uncommon, and gradually evolve into a tributary of cold violence in domestic violence.

Especially in intellectual families, mental violence often replaces boxing and kicking as the main form of domestic violence. Intellectuals expect high social pressure and love face, and their psychology is easy to suppress and difficult to vent. Interfere in the freedom of spouse, deliberately belittle and create difficulties, and reduce each other’s self-confidence and self-efficacy. In some corners of our lives, there may be a well-dressed, elegant and handsome husband like Anton and a desperate wife on the verge of collapse.

Psychological violence is a dead corner of the law. Among the victims, there are not only women, but also many men who are afraid of their wife’s power.

American humanistic psychologist Rogers once said that love is deep understanding and acceptance. True love is based on respect and equality. Any suppression in the name of love is a lie of love.

“Betraying yourself is betraying nature.” Patrice Evans wrote in “don’t control me” that if we always accept other people’s definitions of ourselves, we will believe that their evaluations are more authentic. To know oneself from other people’s point of view, this reverse way of knowing oneself from external factors can only make the understanding of oneself more vague.

What we need to do is to firmly believe that we know our feelings, and when the hint comes, my heart is open and smooth.

PS: I’m going to write this in the exam next Wednesday. It’s too much. I’ll delete it wildly at that time. I wish me a pass. Good night and good luck:)

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