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Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth sparkle. The movie is alive with energy and passion. One of the best films of Hollywood's Golden Years.
Very good entertainment. Hayworth is superb.
I feel that this movie would end a different way if it were made today. For much of the film, it feels as if Gilda has her finger on the pulse of those who crave her, but as she succumbs to the toxicity of her relationship with Johnny (in what is presented as a happy ending for all parties), the towering strength of her character falls a bit flat. I chalk this up to the era, when "I really did love you all along" could feel like a happy ending for a woman in a relationship with a history of abuse and outright cruelty. The same ending in a film made today could succeed as a bitter reflection on the realities of the abuse cycle, but Gilda signs off with a jubilant flourish that just doesn't mesh with the modern mindset.
However, the film is written and shot well, and, most importantly, Rita Hayworth as Gilda is bigger than the film itself, and it's worth watching Gilda just to watch Hayworth. Her simultaneous command of her femininity, her wit, her guile, and her fragility is outstanding, and the film suffers for every second she's off screen
I loved it! Rita is fabulous!
Keeps you guessing. What interesting characters they portray! Unlike classical hollywood films.. Definitely a classic, I'm definitely watching it again someday soon! Saw it in a Women and Cinema college course. DEEPTH!
"Gilda" might not be the star-making role for Rita Hayworth, but it is, most definitely, a star-defining role for her. Those images of her are screen legend now. Her fully clothes strip tease is a classic moment. The plot is just fair, but her chemistry with Glenn Ford makes up for it in this film noir classic.
With complex, dark and mysterious characters, 'Gilda' is one big character-study and somewhat clumsy in the story department where certain elements are introduced, but hardly explored at all. Nevertheless, if you like character-driven affairs, then it's captivating from beginning to end with the sultry and tense atmosphere pulling you in further and further as the film progresses. Of course, that is in no small part due to the engaging, perfectly cast on-screen trio, with a particularly spellbinding performance from Rita Hayworth as the vivid titular character.
Words can't describe how beautiful Rita Hayworth looks! This movie depicts how love can be exciting, detrimental, passionate, and tragic.
Rita Hayworth is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and there is sizzling love/hate chemistry on all sides of the triangle. Shame about the last five minutes, but otherwise highly enjoyable.
Sharp early noir, exploting Rita Hayworths considerable sexualism into a explosive three-heart-drama.