Rita Hayworth stars with Glenn Ford in the film noir masterpiece GILDA, which is widely considered to be the finest film in Ms Hayworth's career.
Gilda (Hayworth) is a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage with corrupt illegal casino owner Ballin Mundson (George MacReady) when she comes face-to-face with her past; Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) her previous lover whom she left and married Ballin on the rebound.
Gilda and Johnny re-ignite the passions when Ballin "kills" himself. Little do they know that Ballin has suspected Gilda of infidelity and has left the picture so he may observe - and kill her - if she shows any indiscretion.
Featuring Hayworth's galvanising renditions of "Put The Blame On Mame" and "Amado Mio" (although her vocals were dubbed here by Anita Ellis) , this is the ultimate vehicle for the legendary sex-goddess.
The film has been fully restored by the American Film Archive for its glittering DVD debut, which also includes the trailer as well as a Rita Hayworth tribute from the Columbia Studios documentary "The Lady with the Lamp"
Gilda is Rita Hayworth's movie down to the last frame. It's also one of the oddest and most enjoyable combinations of misogyny, love, hate, implied homosexuality, tungsten cartels, Nazi conspiracies and megalomania. The movie also features an intriguing menage a trois. No, not the one with Gilda, Johnny and Ballin, but the one with Ballin and his two "little friends," his sword cane and Johnny. Note, for those who may care, that elements of the plot are discussed. … more
Pros: RITA HAYWORTH AND GLENN FORD - beautiful Cons: it wasn't in color The Bottom Line: This is the time of the beautiful people The tagline for this movie states There has never been a woman like Gilda. Well, that may be true and all, but in fact, there has never been a woman like Rita Hayworth. Born in 1918, she was a vibrant 28 years old in this production. My only wish, this release had been in color. … more
Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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All film noirs need deceit, betrayal, dialogue hard as diamonds--and dames even harder than that. ButGildais the only one with the dame front and center, and for good reason. Rita Hayworth shimmers in the 1946 classic, which spins on a tortured plot involving the title character (Hayworth); her imperious husband (George Macready), a ruthless casino owner and head of an Argentine tungsten cartel (!); and Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), Gilda's ex-lover and now her husband's go-fer. But no one watchesGildafor the plot, except to learn that all the characters have secrets--perhaps even ones they would kill for. Hayworth captures Gilda's vulnerability beneath her devil-may-care front ("If I'd been a ranch, they would have named me the Bar Nothing"). Not to be missed: Hayworth's slinky striptease to "Put the Blame on Mame."--Anne Hurley