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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 June 2016
In a role which pretty much defined the cinematic incarnation of the 'femme fatale’, Rita Hayworth’s eponymous hedonistic woman scorned simply dominates the screen in Charles Vidor’s 1946 film. Even if Gilda’s plot is a little over-extended and convoluted (with more than its fair share of MacGuffins) for its own good, Vidor’s film compensates for this by virtue of its being one of the most stylish and sumptuous visual cinematic experiences of the era. And, even though the film-noir elements are rather toned down in comparison with the more hard-boiled noirs, Rudolph Maté’s evocative black-and-white cinematography is frequently stunning, with marvellous use of framing, shadows and silhouettes, heightening the film’s alluring sense of mystery.

The film’s 'exotic' (here, South America) setting, WW2 backdrop and ‘espionage’ plot shenanigans called to my mind the likes of Casablanca and Hitchcock’s Notorious, but it is the passion and obsessive love permeating Gilda’s central trio of protagonists that constitute the film’s defining and most enthralling features. Hayworth is sultry sexuality personified ('Sure, I’m decent’), Maté’s soft-focus camera hardly letting the star out of its sights as she cavorts repeatedly across the dancefloor, a fetishist’s delight, wearing facemask and sporting a whip(!), interspersed with the odd phallic cigarette in between quipped innuendo after innuendo (courtesy of Jo Eisinger’s sharp script). Glenn Ford does a fine job as Gilda’s ex, Johnny Farrell, (their past skilfully hinted at via script metaphors), 'professional’ gambler, apparently cocksure of himself but still obsessed, whilst George Macready’s wealthy 'megalomaniac’ husband to Gilda, Ballin Mundson, provides a degree of calming influence, even if shot through with jealousy and obsession. Vidor’s central trio is outstanding and gives us plenty of volts of screen electricity. Elsewhere, outside of the film’s fanciful sub-plot around Munson’s aim of letting 'a man rule the world’ by cornering the tungsten market(!), necessitating suspicious Germans sneaking hither and thither, the other particularly notable contribution is that of Steven Geray’s marvellous turn as the washroom man and armchair philosopher, Uncle Pio, whose scene brandishing bull and clown ‘masks’ and suggesting that Farrell is morphing from one to the other is a highlight.

Vidor’s film will always, rightly, be enshrined in cinema history as a result of Hayworth’s on-screen depiction and performance, as well as providing a notable addition to the film noir genre.
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on 27 March 2010
yes i did appreciate both sets that i ordered... they were down memory lane moments for me and a bit of the bible with john's head onna tray... for young son... cheers all...hmac...
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on 4 February 2016
Wowee!! Picture and audio quality are excellent. Several supplements and comes with a poster of Gilda with a essay on reverse. Recommend!!
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on 4 March 2000
...Not only has nothing been cut here, but the version presented on this DVD is the recently restored one, with some glaring defects that spoil the VHS edition conspicuously and thankfully absent. The running time is 106 minutes, that is exactly the full length of the film as it should be in PAL, at 25 frames per second (it would be 4 minutes longer in NTSC, at 24 fps). The quality of the picture is marvellous, and especially considering that the zone 1 DVD release seems to have been cancelled, this one is not to be missed. Of course, one wishes for more bonus materials, but you can't have everything, and any one of Rita's dance numbers here is worth the 20 quid anyway.
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on 2 March 2000
I first saw "Gilda" when I was a child. I was taken to see it by my parents and it has remained a favourite of mine ever since. A cousin of mine had told me that she went to see if every time it came to town and I could easily understand why. It is a perfect example of the romantic film noir of the 40s, with a terrific atmosphere of the exotic and the erotic.
The chemistry between the stars, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford and George Macready is electric, in spite of the restrictive censorship laws of the period. Rita was at the peak of her career and never more beautiful. Until then she had been a star of Columbia musicals, a fabulous dancer and, in two films, one of the finest dancing partners of Fred Astaire. Here, she was able to prove that she was also a very accomplished actress, and, in a couple of song and dance routines in night-club scene, a stunning performer. No wonder Prince Ali Kahn and Orson Welles married her and no wonder she was given the name of "Love Goddess" by the press. Unfortunately she was never given the chance to repeat this achievement, although she was always a highly watchable performer who never gave a bad performance, even if some of the movies she appeared in were very poor.
The great perfromances, the glossy black and white photography by Rudolph Mate; the strange flamboyant sets that echo the lives of the rich and nervous displaced characters living in South America; the haunting Latin American music, and the sparkling dialogue must have totally captivated wartime audiences. It still rates as a very special movie and has become a great classic.
So why, oh why have some key scenes and dialogue been cut out of the DVD version? It is inexplicable when the total running time is not very long anyway. Rita's reprise of the song "Amado Mio" has gone, and so has a critical line from her first scene with George Macready as her sinister and jealous husband. There is a short film about Rita's career on the disk, which is fine, but I would rather have had the complete movie. The picture and sound quality are excellent, but no compensation for the missing items, especially in view of the high price of the disk.
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on 12 September 2010
The story follows Johnny Farrel (Glenn Ford) as he works his way up to manager of Ballin Mundson's (George Macready) illegal gambling club. One day Munsden returns from a trip with a wife - Gilda (Rita Hayworth) - and Johnny is given the job of keeping an eye on her. What Ballin does not realize is that Johnny and Gilda already know each other. They have been lovers in the past and Gilda's permissive behaviour caused Johnny to leave her. She flaunts herself with other men infront of Johnny who takes it upon himself to ensure that Ballin never finds out about her philanderings. God knows why. However, she is doing this on purpose to get back at Johnny. Ballin discovers that they have feelings for each other and he doesn't like it.....

The main focus of the film plays out as a story about relationships.....yet there is a plot that involves a business Cartel and Nazis. We don't focus too much on this aspect and so the viewer has to work out what is happening which can be confusing and at times, you are left thinking "what is this film actually about and where is it going?"

The cast are good and there are some memorable parts to the film, eg, the mugging sequence, Gilda's first entrance, Ballin and his cane that turns into a knife, Gilda performing "Put the Blame on Mame" twice, etc. The film also has great sets and one of Gilda's jackets has excellent sparkle value. Against this, though, we have an overlong film which can come across as complicated and directionless at various points. It also contains some stupid names - Gilda and Ballin - what on earth is that about? It would also be useful to know if Gilda deliberately plotted to re-unite herself with Johnny. If the meeting is by chance, then it's all rather unbelievable. I also expected a certain character to die - it didn't happen - a very convenient ending.

It's an enjoyable film about Gilda and men - the plot is there incidentally. It's not too complicated to follow but the main focus of this film is Rita Hayworth.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 November 2013
Johnny Farrell is a crafty goon hired by casino boss Ballin Mundson to use his muscle around the place to keep it in ship shape, but then his duties move on to another level when Mundson takes a bride in the form of the gorgeous Gilda. Trouble is, Gilda & Johnny have a history that is sure to rear its ugly head, and thus a steady pot boiling menage a trois is formed.

It's an odd sort of film because its core fabric is cloaked in sado-masochism and latent homosexuality, a pretty daring combination in the prissy production code time of 1946. Reviews at the time were very divisive, and it took many by surprise when the film became a hit, which was mainly down to servicemen who had lusted for Hayworth during the war. Viewing it today brings about many feelings, but chiefly it's the feeling of hate being as powerful a weapon on the emotional front as love is, and it's that heartbeat that drives the film to its delightful finale.

The film boasts a great turn from Rita Hayworth as Gilda, her performance is what holds the film together, whilst Glenn Ford as Farrell is perfectly rugged without overstating the character. The songs and dances fit perfectly to the tone of the film, and director Charles Vidor knows exactly what it takes to steer this film onto safe waters. 8/10
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on 24 February 2017
This Italian release is the same disc pressing as the US version. The Menu is in English, however the slip is in Italian 'Una Storia Emozionante Rita Hayworth non e mai Stata Cosi Sexy'. The B&W picture quality of this Blu-ray is far superior to the previous DVD releases and excellent for a seventy year old film, slight grain evident in some scenes. Lots have been writen about this film if you like it is worth the upgrade Rita Hayworth is goergeous lots of flirting and dancing. At the time of writing this Italian version is by far the best value.
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on 20 August 2013
Don't expect profound narrative or a good lead actor (glenn Ford is really dull) but for a Rita Heyworth appreciation film, this is the absolute best. She shimmies, she sings, she does that thing with her hair -glorious.
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on 26 March 2014
This beautifully realised love story is set in Argentina after the end of the Second World War in which the principals leads are spitefully trying to put each other down (or more accurately make the other jealous) because of previous problems in their relationship (hinted at but not explained). This is overshadowed by having third member of the triangle namely the husband who holds great commercial power because of a number of patents belonging to cartel members of German origin who are seeking the return of theses assets whist the police are investigating the various machinations at the casino as well as the cartel. The finished film had two songs subsequently added performed by Rita Hayworth of which the song Put Blame on Mame and accompanying dance cemented her reputation as a sex goddess and enhanced the film.
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