In two words...Charles Boyer. The fact that he was nominated, but didn't get an Academy Award for his performance dumbfounds me. I had the movie on this morning while I was editing, and his performance is riveting. I just hate him so much in that movie, it's almost palpable. That is a performance!
In the movie, Charles Boyer tries to drive his wife (played by Ingrid Bergman) crazy and he does a very good job of it. Hence, the psychological term, "Gaslighting" which describes passive-aggressive, crazy-making, toxic behavior. Charles Boyer brings it to live.
I'm at the Starbucks now, as I needed to get out of the house after all that crazy-making in front of me. I've had the words of approval from my baristas on my new haircut, so I guess my bad day wasn't all bad. The haircut worked.
Gaslight. If you haven't watched it. Find out why it's a verb.
(FYI, Charles Boyer himself never won an Academy Award, and his only son killed himself playing Russian Roulette after a breakup. After his wife died, Boyer himself, killed himself with an overdose. That is a tragedy. But he is always here for us to remember on the Silver Screen.)