Film Noir 2020
Screening Dates
  • July 31 (Friday) 8:10
  • August 1 (Saturday) 4:00
  • August 2 (Sunday) 6:00
  • August 3 (Monday) 8:10
  • August 6 (Thursday) 2:00

Noir misogyny and Hollywood glamour hit memorable peaks in Gilda, a lavish, big-budget melodrama set in a stylish, studio-bound Buenos Aires. A sexually ambiguous Glenn Ford plays Johnny Farrell, a down-and-out gambler hired as the right-hand man of a shady German casino owner (George Macready). A sexually ferocious Rita Hayworth is Gilda, the owner’s new bride — who, lo and behold, just happens to be Johnny’s old lover! A perverse ménage à trois and power game proceeds to play itself out. The delicious dialogue is laden with euphemism and innuendo; the most famous scene has Hayworth performing a scorching striptease to the strains of “Put the Blame on Mame.” The movie was shot by distinguished cinematographer Rudolph Maté (Dryer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc), who later directed the manic 1950 noir D.O.A.

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