GILDA (1946)

Dir. Charles Vidor

Rita Hayworth shot to international stardom and forever typed herself as a femme fatale in this steamy film noir. More a hate story than a love story, the film casts her as the apex of a triangle involving her unscrupulous casino owner husband (George Macready) and an ex-lover, crooked gambler Glenn Ford. Not only do Hayworth and Ford unleash their passions in cruelty, but it sometimes seems Ford is the true apex of the triangle. At various times, the participants in the picture have acknowledged the kinkier undertones and denied them. What’s certain is that GILDA is one of the steamiest films in Hayworth’s career and made her and Ford a top screen team. If anything clinched her position as a sex goddess it was her performance of “Put the Blame on Mame,” a modified striptease performed in a slinky satin gown that captures every curve.

In attendance: Debra Winger.

GILDA
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