"There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters -- and no, there probably wasn't.
OMG! Tonight's film is a real Hollywood treat, Gilda, one of Atlas's top ten film noir twisted classics. Rita Hayworth is enthralling. Shruggers know I feel about Rita Hayworth. I love huh! And this is her moment. Sexiest. girl. ever.
Hayworth doesn't make her entrance until 17 minutes into the movie, but what a glorious entrance! She is incredibly gorgeous, alive and alluring. The supreme Jean Louis designed her gowns. 2die4. Her musical numbers, particularly Amada Mio and of course Put the blame on Mame are wildly thrilling. I can't tell you how many times I have seen this movie, and I can keep watching it.
"Examples of film noir don't come much headier or more perverse than Charles Vidor's sultry little number..."
A hardbitten American expatriate who turns out to have had some history with the beautiful woman who's just made an entrance. A nightclub. A crooked casino. Sinister Germans who act as if they own the joint. A getaway by plane … More than ever, Charles Vidor's classic melo-noir Gilda from 1946 looks like the crazy evil twin of Michael Curtiz's Casablanca. But Gilda has a streak of irrational panic and hysteria alien to Bergman and Bogart. Glenn Ford plays Johnny, a wastrel who fetches up in a quaintly imagined Buenos Aires just before the end of the war. A perennial card-sharp and gambling cheat, he gets a poacher-turned-gamekeeper job in a casino, as indispensable assistant to its hardfaced owner Mundson (George Macready) who has just got married to the head-spinningly beautiful and mercurial Gilda, played by Rita Hayworth. But Gilda got hitched on the rebound from some American guy who broke her heart … and that guy just happened to be Johnny. Their terrible secret festers and itches, and the erotic tension escalates. Gilda is satirically woozy with the strange mood of the time: Argentina is preparing to normalise its de facto cordial relations with Germany and its many German emigres; German businessmen are in bed with Mundson, who sports a livid Germanic scar, and nurses a bizarrely fascistic plan to "rule the world" with a tungsten-mine monopoly cunningly using his dodgy roulette wheel itself, covertly to pay off competitors. A real 1940s Hollywood treat. (here)
"This is the part I really like, when she does that shit with her hair." Red -- Shawshank Redemption
GILDA, screen play by Marlon Parsonnet, adapted by Jo Eisinger from a story by E. A. Ellington; directed by Charles Vidor; produced by Virginia Van Upp for Columbia. At the Radio City Music Hall.
Gilda . . . . . Rita Hayworth
Johnny Farrell . . . . . Glenn Ford
Ballin Mundson . . . . . George Macready
Obregon . . . . . Joseph Calleia
Uncle Pio . . . . . Steven Geray
Casey . . . . . Joe Sawyer
Captain Delgado . . . . . Gerald Mohr
Gabe Evans . . . . . Robert Scott
German Agent . . . . . Lionel Royce
Little Man . . . . . S. Z. Martel