1946, NR, 110 min. Directed by Charles Vidor. Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Aug. 12, 1999


Dad loves this movie and so do I. We disagree on our readings and interpretations (he thinks I go overboard and dredge up signs and meanings where there are none). But we are of like minds on one essential thing: There is no sexier creature than Rita Hayworth in the movies of this period and Gilda is the one that proves the argument. The story is a sick and twisted tale of love and money south of the border – dangerous games played out by sadists and masochists, "extroverted" women and "inverted" men. (Oops, there I go again; don't tell Dad.) If the machinations become too much, just "Put the Blame on Mame"; civilizations are prone to crumble in the face of Hayworth's performance of this song.

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