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!
It's a film about power. Throughout, the hands are constantly switching, the odds always in another's corner, much like gambling itself. The power fluctuates from one possessor to the other, always in the hands of those who abuse it in the end. It's pretty cynical, despite the happy ending, which really doesn't seem that happy when you think about it.
somewhat biased as the subject matter is one i particularly enjoy - an exploration of a love/hate tete-a-tete. beginning with verbal repartee, that makes the audience wonder to a previous relationship prior to the reveal, only to descend into acts of spite and physical violence. Ford and Hayworth make this one, a few of the others falling somewhat flat.
Groundbreaking in every way but its story, Gilda is as majestic today as it was in 1946. The film is loaded with contrivances but shakes them off like Rita does dancing in the spotlight. The performances and moving camera movement is wonderful but let's be real, this is a Rita Hayworth showcase. She earns every moment of it. Gilda reminds us of the power that only a true movie-star can bring. Only once in a lifetime.