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There NEVER was a woman like Gilda!
Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears...
Film #25 of Project 40
”I make my own luck.”
An under-appreciated noir which instead of the gloomy streets of an American metropolis happens in the glamorous casinos of Argentina with a triangle of mysterious characters who seemingly have no past. Charles Vidor is the director behind this unpredictable story of lonely men who have nowhere to go and tempting women who look tantalizing on the surface but are lost and crushed deep down, it features Rita Hayworth as the impeccably seductive Gilda and along with the doubtful Glenn Ford they build a relationship filled with sexual tension, uncontrollable passion and dangerous hatred. Gilda mainly evolves around mysteries surrounding almost every aspect of the story, it never gives us clear-cut…
Need a reason to watch this? Rita Hayworth.
Are there other reasons? No. Not really.
I was introduced to this film via Shawshank, and that scene, you know the scene, sits quite comfortably on top of all others in Gilda. It really is something.
Straight women must get absolutely nothing out of this....
Glenn Ford is particularly unbearable as Johnny. The smirking-like-Jerry Seinfeld, misogynistic little twerp of a protagonist, also responsible for the awful narration.
And then there's the plot......wtf? Tungsten, world domination, nazis, spies, a cop that looks to be more interested in grooming his moustache than capturing criminals, tedious song numbers, the melodramatic will they won't they, ahh, who gives a shit really story and a flat ending.
A.V. Club review. For someone with little to no rep among auteurists, Vidor directs the hell out of this; the way he shoots Macready's Ballin alone deserves a visual essay—not least for the truly extraordinary shot I reference in the review, which you can currently see from 26:42 to 27:14 here (albeit in the wrong aspect ratio, which diminishes it slightly).
"Hate can be a very exciting emotion."
Oh boy, this movie was amazing. Probably one of my favorite film-noirs, mostly because it was not very film-noir-like. It has the brooding man who does a lot of voiceover, the dame, the shadows, the crime but it felt a lot less so. Perhaps it was because the story was a lot less dependent on the narration, which I greatly appreciated. It did a lot of showing instead of telling. This script is one of the best I’ve seen come out of the 40s. If I explained the plot to someone it would come out as a basic love-triangle, crime movie, but from the very opening scene this film is dealing with a…
Gilda? I hardly know 'er!
What was I thinking when I bumped Rita Hayworth off my Top 10 Sexiest Actresses: All Redhead Edition list a few months ago? I've corrected it and put her back on.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ RITA FUCKING HAYWORTH ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
& some unnecessary dudes
Take me back and let me marry Rita Hayworth's left leg
Women and gambling don't mix
Woah, qué hermosa película. Esta elegancia, los personajes... se me hizo increíble. Fan absoluta de Rita Hayworth, no podía dejar de ver su hermosura, y el papelazo que tiene <3
Rita Hayworth though
Gilda seems to be a film so sodden with subtext that it forgets to ensure the text itself is coherent, and it comes off like a cross between the gloomy romanticism of Casablanca and the baffling machinations of the same year’s The Big Sleep. Yet Gilda remains eminently watchable thanks to Gilda herself, because Hayworth, from the moment she whips her hair backwards into the frame, is such a vivid presence, lithe with contradictions, acting like a femme fatale because life has hardened her, but immediately eager to be tender and affectionate when opportunity presents.
Full review of the UK Criterion Collection release for Front Row Reviews.
Johnny is an American gambling hustler making his way through small time stakes in South America. He meets Ballin, a mysterious casino owner who takes him in and makes Johnny his casino manager. The job offers Johnny a much coveted sense of security until Ballin introduces his new wife, Gilda, who had a past with Johnny and threatens to unravel his position.
Gilda, as a movie, exists in a world of exotic night life. Much of the film is set in the casino, or Ballin's mansion, with occasional scenes in other houses of excess. Though our characters are always seen enjoying the high life, there's a dread of the inevitable hangover that pervades their frivolities. In the land of Gilda,…
Here's a great classic movie that aged really well.
UPDATED: August 18, 2016
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