January 6th, 2021

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Movie Critique - Gilda

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A showcase of how lust and possession can breed contempt, hate and revenge mixed with sexual tension among all parties involved made it an instant cult classic.

Gilda is a 1946 American film noir directed by Charles Vidor and produced by Virginia Van Upp. The film has Rita Hayworth in the titular role along with Glenn Ford, George Macready and Joseph Calleia. Screenplay provided by Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet and uncredited story by Ben Hecht from a story by E. A. Ellington.

Johnny Farrell (portrayed by Glenn Ford) gets hired as the casino manager by the owner of the casino, Ballin Mundson (portrayed by George Macready), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mundson is also married to Johnny's old nemesis Gilda (portrayed by Rita Hayworth). Between their animosity comes the organized finance cartel who want to take over the casino, a murder happens, and the revenge begins.

The first time I heard about this movie was as a small snippet in the 1994 super hit American drama film The Shawshank Redemption. That one clip (look below) shown in the film and the way all the prisoners almost hold their breath to see Rita Hayworth come alive on film caught my attention. This was 12 years ago when I saw The Shawshank Redemption for the first time. Now I finally got to watch the movie.

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