Rita Hayworth
Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
, Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
, George Macready
George Macready
Charles Vidor

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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.

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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
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 16,912

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