Gilda

Gilda

DVD - 2016
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A deceitful woman plays with the lives of her husband, his crime lord boss, and his right-hand man.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
ISBN: 9781681431000
1681431009
Branch Call Number: MOVIE GIL
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
digital,optical,monaural,Dolby Digital 1.0,rda
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in

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1946. The 1940s saw the rise of film noir and "Gilda" is a definitive example of this genre.


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mswrite
Oct 12, 2016

This steamy, convoluted noir melodrama truly only makes sense lensed through a queer eye. I mean, what's really going on here? There's at least as much sexual tension between Johnny and the icily possessive Mundson as between Johnny and the beautiful Gilda, a point film historian Eddie Muller illuminates in his commentary and discussion. Muller's insights make the second interview featuring directors Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese rather pedestrian by comparison. Neither of them goes near the gay subtext, perhaps because (like the male censors of 1945) they don't see it. And they don't see it, perhaps, because they'd prefer not to acknowledge awareness of an obsessive love triangle that is as much (or more) about two men as the woman supposedly at the center of the drama.
But no matter--you're here for Hayworth's show-stopping nightclub numbers "Amado Mio" and "Put the Blame on Mame" and why not?
"Put the Blame on Mame" is the defiant, playful, insanely sexy and instantly iconic striptease performance that made Rita Hayworth THE sex siren of the 1940s. (In the intervening years it would also lead her to famously observe: "Men went to bed with Gilda and woke up with me.")

Aka_Aka_Aka Oct 12, 2016

"Gilda" is a highly-charged story of a somewhat complicated emotional love-triangle involving a mysterious South American casino owner, his alluring wife, and his new man-Friday.

It all gets pretty silly as the story moves along - But you certainly can't argue with that fact that Rita Hayworth never looked more appealing and her "Put The Blame On Mame" number is a real show-stopper..... (*Watch video-clip*)

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 09, 2016

GOOD 1946 b/w film noir with 28 year old Rita Hayworth and 30 year old Glenn Ford. I enjoyed the performances of both, but the plot (critical component of film noir) was rather weak.
Rita really lit up the screen - and what fab hair; don't think I'd seen Glenn that young before.
The two Jack Cole staged songs with Rita near end (Amado Mia, and Put the Blame on Mame) were lots of fun and a good way to wrap up the somewhat wandering film.

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ManMachine
Sep 24, 2014

With our very first glimpse of the ever-elegant Rita Hayworth in Gilda it's so easy to understand why this beautiful woman was voted, time and again, one of Hollywood's #1 Pin-Up Girls of the 1940's. Rita Hayworth is absolutely radiant in this flick. At the age of 28 Rita never looked sexier, or more alluring than this. Just her, alone, in this picture makes it well-worth viewing.

The location for Gilda was Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gilda was a picture that was, unfortunately, shot almost entirely indoors. The usual setting for Gilda was either the interior of a large, grand, and always over-crowded casino, or, the interior of a large, pseudo-elegant, and very tacky mansion. Because of all this indoor shooting we, the viewer, never really get any feel for actually being anywhere near South America, at all.

Rita Hayworth plays the title character, Gilda, in this rather screwy (weren't they all?) Romantic/Comedy from 1946. Gilda is the mega-pampered, American wife of a mysterious, Argentinian-born, casino owner named Mundson. (Now, how's that for a real, authentic-sounding, Latin-American name?)

It's hard to imagine that 'Gilda' is actually a comedy, but it is!! I must say that I found it to be pretty lame when it came to the chuckle and laugh department. But Gilda was entertaining. And, of course, Rita Hayworth never failed to be anything but a stunning eyeful.

The big highlight in Gilda is watching Rita Hayworth do her sensational 'Put The Blame On Mame' number.

*Special Note* - Rita Hayworth was married, in real-life, to director/actor Orson Welles at the time of Gilda's production. Welles was a jealous and possessive bugger when it came to Rita.

If you look closely, amongst the crowd at the casino, during Rita's big 'Mame' number, you'll catch a super-brief glimpse of Welles sitting at one of the ring-side tables, smoking one of his mega-stinky, trademark cigars. Hayworth divorced Welles one year after the release of Gilda.

triptophan May 11, 2014

I liked Gilda. It was a sexy movie. Ahead of its time. With Rita Hayworth playing Gilda and how she used the men in her life to get what she wanted . good classic for anytime.

voisjoe1 Jun 30, 2013

“Gilda” is a great film noir with three great stars, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and George Macready, all three entrapped in a possessive, inescapable, destructive ménage a trois. One possible detraction is the complexity of the plot, but this can be solved by replaying a few of the least understood sections. This film requires an incredible range of emotions from each of the main actors. Look for the director’s play with the facial shadows and the one scene with the perfect silhouette of Macready portending doom.

epotter8811 Jul 19, 2012

The plot is a little convoluted in this steamy noir, but with a powerhouse, sexpot performance by Rita Hayworth, who really cares? Hayworth completely commands your attention from the very first flip of her hair to her sizzling rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame." You can't look away from her when she's onscreen and neither can the men around her Gilda, and that's just the way she wants it. A slick, sexy film if I've ever seen one (and GORGEOUS costumes).

feedtheflameforfacts Dec 27, 2011

Fantastic movie. I became interested via the Shawshank Redemption, and when I finally got a copy of it, I found myself glued to my TV screen. It's an excellent movie, with fantastic acting by Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. I constantly found myself rooting for and hating Gilda and Johnny. If you enjoy classic B&W films, then this is a must!

tradlibn Apr 18, 2011

Sultry film noir film featuring Glenn Ford as a manager of a gambling house in Argentina. When his boss shows up with a new wife (Rita Hayworth), it's obvious that she and Ford have been involved before. Most of the movie involves the tension between the two of them. I usually love noir, but this movie was convoluted and I grew tired of the stars' sparring. Rita Hayworth is gorgeous, though, and it's easy to see why she was such a big star.

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KarenW
Sep 04, 2009

Narrated by the male lead, this steamy story is really pushed (dragged?) along by Rita Hayworth. It is her performance of man eater, Gilda, that leads everyone around her to their doom. And her "little" musical number really ramps things up! One of the best noirs.

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