Few femme fatales got to be as sexy and unforgettable as Rita Hayworth. Glenn Ford is perfectly suitable in the heroic role in a film noir filled with classic moments, but this film is all about Rita who is fantastic in this. There never was a woman like Gilda - true indeed.
It's awesome that, in a movie with such great scenes (where Hecht's help was essential), you can be hipnotized by the all set-up of this noir, with the acid dialogue, the Hayworth-Ford chemistry and etc, and you can really "live" every step of the story, denying some mistakes here and there (and that ending could have more power, I believe). I don't know if it's a masterpiece, but I can't give it less than 5 stars.
I sort of liked watching it, but I find it horribly chauvinistic and grim. Gilda's witty and talented, but this distracts you from the fact that she has no real insights or agency - she always has a voiceover from Johnny, explaining her for us. A depressing and limiting role for the lovely, intelligent Rita Hayworth.
Rita Hayworth is the only ray of sunshine in this otherwise weak noir where Glenn Ford does not stand up to his co-star and the plot is mostly confusing, obscure and unconvincing. Whilst Hayworth and Ford were struggling for chemistry, Bacall and Bogart were firing up each other not far away. Rita is here in her arguably most iconic role in what seems to have been a discreet filmography.
Glenn Ford does well in the male lead role, but Gilda is all about Rita Hayworth, and what a shining presence she is. It is easy to see why men would fall in love with her, and just as easy to see the peril involved, but also the rewards. A fantastic drama that only really suffers from a lack of weight, with the main actions of the film never truly feeling as if they will lead to proper consequences.
Rita Hayworth is so magnetic and charismatic, it's impossible to imagine another woman like her even exists. The film is good. The whole subplot involving the Germans and tungsten is a bit... boring. The exotic locale of BA is never imagined like Morocco is in Casablanca. But with fun tunes, interesting characters and slow, watchful cinematography - Gilda is a treat.
Has there ever been an entrance like Rita Hayworth's in this movie? Flipping her hair back like that! It's just not fair. That's love at first sight. Of course she's always being mistreated and slapped around, but at least she knocked out a couple of Glenn Ford's teeth!