Gilda (1946)

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Gambler Glenn Ford is torn between ex-lover Rita Hayworth and loyalty to the friend to whom he owes his life leading to one of the most dysfunctional romances ever to grace the silver screen.

Rita Hayworth is absolutely stunning as the manipulative seductress and the on-screen chemistry between she and Glenn Ford is the main reason to watch the film. Their love-hate interplay is fantastic and the way your sympathies constantly shift from one to the other is very nicely done. Unfortunately I found the plot little more than window dressing which is thoroughly overshadowed by the leading couple and it all resolves itself a little too easily for my tastes.

But there are some really nice visual touches using light and shadow, thoroughly in keeping with the great tradition of Film Noir and it’s certainly worth the time for Ms. Hayworth alone.

6.5/10

 

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