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Gilda
     

Gilda

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Director: Charles Vidor

Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

 

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When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though

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When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though Farrell is unwavering in his loyalty to his employer, and he and Gilda treat each other with contempt, Mundson realizes that the torch never died for either of the former lovers. Ordered to guard Gilda, Farrell tries to convince himself that he's protecting Mundson's interests, but Gilda sees through his self-deception. Meanwhile, Mundson reveals to Farrell that his primary business is control of an international tungsten cartel that he plans to use to further his fascist ends. With the police closing in on the cartel, Mundson fakes his death, apparently leaving Gilda and Farrell free to marry. They do so: Gilda for love, but Farrell to punish her for being unfaithful to Mundson. When Mundson returns to kill them, it is he who dies, thereby freeing the lovers to apologize to each other and return to the U.S. Charles Vidor's Gilda is a voyeuristic film noir treat that engages the viewer in a complex web of sado-masochistic triangles. When, for example, Gilda performs her signature number, "Put the Blame on Mame," she is not simply enraging both Mundson and Farrell with her open sexuality, she is also crying out in pain for the love she is being denied.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Legendary Hollywood sex symbol Rita Hayworth is at her most alluring in Gilda, a delightfully kitschy melodrama that remains this former dancing girl's best-remembered star vehicle. Ravishing in slinky evening gowns, Rita plays the lusty wife of South American casino owner George Macready, whose shady side operations include tungsten smuggling. Right-hand man Glenn Ford, something of a gambler himself, takes a big chance when he succumbs to Rita's considerable charms under the watchful eye of her suspicious husband. The film's oft-shown highlight is Hayworth's celebrated striptease (more tease than strip) performed to the strains of "Put the Blame on Mame," an enjoyably trashy little ditty. Charles Vidor, who also directed Hayworth in the Technicolor tunefests Cover Girl and Loves of Carmen, never lets the occasionally overwrought story of international intrigue overshadow his sultry star, never sexier than she is here.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
There never was a noir woman like Rita Hayworth in the title role of Charles Vidor's stylish Gilda (1946), the film that sealed her reputation as the leading 1940s love goddess. As the hair-tossing female caught between Glenn Ford's Johnny and George Macready's Ballen, Hayworth's Gilda is as much put-upon victim as temptress, an interloper in the relationship between Ballen and Johnny. Their initial meeting and master-servant relationship, sprinkled with significant glances, imply that Johnny is as much Ballen's object of desire as is Gilda, plumbing the literally shadowy depths of film noir's sexual perversity as much as the Production Code allowed, and adding an extra twist to the tortured Johnny-Gilda union after Ballen's faked death. Still, it is Gilda who suffers most for exuding the sexuality that entices Johnny and Ballen, lending a knowing edge to her famed performance of "Put the Blame on Mame" clad in lustrous black satin, suggesting a full striptease by removing a glove. That sequence became a signature star moment for Hayworth, and established Gilda as a noteworthy work of erotically charged film noir, despite the Code-friendly, good-girl ending.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/2016
UPC:
0715515165914
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
176

Special Features

Audio commentary from 2010 by film critic Richard Schickel New interview with film noir historian Eddie Muller Piece from 2010 featuring filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann discusssing their appreciation for Gilda "The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth," a 1964 episode of the television show Hollywood and the Stars Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Gilda Mundson
Glenn Ford Johnny Farrell
George Macready Ballin Mundson
Joseph Calleia Obregon
Steven Geray Uncle Pio
Joe Sawyer Casey
Gerald Mohr Capt. Delgado
Robert Scott Gabe Evans
Ludwig Donath German
Donald Douglas Thomas Langford
Lionel Royce German Agent
S.Z. Martel Little Man
George Lewis Huerta
Rosa Rey Maria
Paul Bradley Actor
Jack Del Rio Cashier
Cosmo Sardo Actor
Robert Stevens Man at Masquerade
John Tyrrell Bits
Jerry DeCastro Doorman
Oscar Loraine Frenchman
Ralph Navarro Waiter
Ruth Roman Bit Part
Sam Appel Black Jack Dealer
Sam Ash Gambler
Nina Bara Girl at carnival
Eugene Borden Dealer
Argentina Brunetti Woman
Jack Chefe Assistant croupier
Jean de Briac Frenchman
Leander de Cordova Servant
Jean del Val Man
Carli Elinor Waiter
Fernanda Eliscu Bendolin's wife
Herbert Evans Englishman
Sam Flint American
Fred Godoy Bartender
Lew Harvey Policeman
Ted Hecht Social citizen
Ernest Hilliard Man
George Humbert Italian
Robert Kellard Man
Frank Leigh Man
Leon Lenoir Croupiers
Frank Leyva Argentine
Herman Marks Waiter
Alphonse Martell Croupier
John Merton Policeman
Forbes Murray American
Alfred Paix Waiter
Joseph Palmas Waiter
Albert Pollet Assistant croupier
George Sorel Assistant croupier
Robert Tafur Clerk
Philip Van Zandt Man
Erno Verebes Dealer
Russ Vincent Escort
Eduardo Ciannelli Bendolin
Rodolfo Hoyos Peasant Man

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
Jack Cole Choreography
Lambert Day Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Doris Fisher Score Composer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Charles Nelson Editor
Marion Parsonnet Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Marlin Skiles Musical Direction/Supervision
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia van Upp Producer

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