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Gilda (1946)


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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

Nov 7, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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One of the great films noirs, softened just a little by the moralising censorship strictures of the time. See it.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A wonderfully perverse noir classic...

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Cast and crew spin a twilight magic.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

No wonder we all feel nostalgic for the past.

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A real 1940s Hollywood treat.

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Examples of film noir don't come much headier or more perverse than Charles Vidor's sultry little number...

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

If you've never seen it, it's about time.

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

"There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters - and no, there probably wasn't.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[Rita] Hayworth's sudden yet glorious entrance is pure Hollywood starmaking...

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

It put Glenn Ford on the movie star map, and reinforced Rita Hayworth's seamy stardom.

March 22, 2008

Featuring Rita Hayworth in her best--and sexiest-- performance, this post WWII noir romance centers on one of Hollywood's most bizarre triangles, one ripe with S&M as well as homoerotic overtones--a guilty pleasure if there ever was one.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Hayworth's presence here is so indomitable that it's almost surprising that Vidor found it necessary to bother putting other actors on the screen at all.

November 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

Sexiest. Girl. Ever.

September 6, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great film noir with a surprising subtext.

August 14, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is sexpot Rita's finest hour in films as an actress and chanteuse...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gilda (1946) contains the most famous role and peak performance of WWII's GI "love goddess," the beautiful, alluring, and provocative,

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Audience Reviews for Gilda

"This is the part I really like, when she does that shit with her hair."

Red - Shawshank Redemption
May 8, 2007

Super Reviewer

It is easy to just enjoy the gorgeous sight of Rita Hayworth exhaling beauty and sensuality, but let's not overlook how stupid, implausible and misogynist this film really is, painting Gilda as a mischievous femme fatale when in fact she is a victim in the hands of two hideous men.
July 11, 2014

Super Reviewer

Post-war greed, tempting women, and dark souls collide in the seductive Gilda. In a world ablaze in celebration, director Charles Vidor suggests that even amid all of the gaiety, exists a group whose tortured existence is ruled by deceit. Men and women, looking to forget their past misfortunes, begin to amass new fortunes at the expense of others. Even strangers in the street allude to the fact that they are becoming immune to human compassion.
The man in this particular tale is Johnny Farrell, played by the always excellent Glenn Ford. Farrell, a man who likes to think that he "makes his own luck", spends his days narrowly escaping one quagmire after another, only to find himself hastily picking up the scent of the next big score.

During his ascendancy in a cartel under the partronage of Ballin Mundson, his world is turned upside down by the dazzling and vivacious Gilda, played by Rita Hayworth, who happens to be Mundson's newly betrothed. While both men previously acknowledge that women and gambling don't mix, they both cannot seem to ignore this high stakes game. As soon as Rita Hayworth flips her hair back, you know she is trouble. She just oozes sexuality and I even found myself lured in by all of her celebrated, albeit achromatic, features.

Farrell's contempt for Gilda is twofold. First off, he doesn't like her because it is revealed that they have a torrid history together. Secondly, and of prime importance in my opinion, Farrell sees too much of himself in her. Jumping from opportunity to opportunity, looking for the next path to fortune, Gilda is a manifestation of Farrell's ethos. Which draws both Farrell's fascination and ire. In one of their more passionate exchanges, Farrell accuses of Gilda of using Mundson for personal gain, to which she responds "That wouldn't be the big pot calling the little kettle black, now would it?" They develop a deeply passionate love/hate relationship that brilliantly taps into the duality of a post-war mind.

Vigor accents these themes with his use of shadows. Often Gilda and Jonny are cloaked in darkness. If they do happen to be seen in the light, their shadow is sure to be close by, prowling in the background. In one outstanding scene, when Jonny and Gilda appear to have been found out by Mundson, Vidor frames the shot so the cuckold is close to the camera, a large shadow looming in judgment over the accused. In the same shot, Gilda walks to the back of the frame before addressing her husband, drenching herself in darkness. Vidor's visual language gives a whole other meaning to the term "shady people."

It is not a perfect story. In fact, I found the ending to be rather slapdash and saccharine. Yet, it is quite an entertaining sexually charged noir. If nothing else, it will help you better understand what had all of the men gawking in "The Shawshank Redemption. "
February 28, 2012
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

The camera was in love with Rita Hayworth and she made sure we noticed it. One of the best noirs out there with probably the most strange case of a mčnage a trois ever seen in a Hollywood pic.
October 8, 2011
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

    1. Ballin Mundson: Gilda, are you decent?
    2. Gilda Mundson: Me? [long pause] Sure. I'm decent
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
    1. Ballin Mundson: You'd be surprised to hear a woman sing in my house.
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
    1. Gilda Mundson: I danced in America.
    2. Capt. Delgado: This is not America?
    3. Gilda Mundson: I mean New York.
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
    1. Gilda Mundson: They said that being married to Johnny Farrell was very like driving a car with no brakes.
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
    1. Gilda Mundson: You're cock-eyed, Johnny! All cock-eyed!
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
    1. Johnny Farrell: Statistics show that there are more women in the world than anything else. Except insects.
    – Submitted by Adam O (20 months ago)
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