Gilda (1946)

1946 | USA | Charles Vidor | ★★★★

Charles Vidor's beautifully crafted Gilda is an entertaining Argentina-set gangster film, featuring gorgeous black and white photography, unpredictable plotting, and memorable performances from the roguishly handsome Glenn Ford and the drop-dead gorgeous Rita Hayworth.


Gilda, are you decent? Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, Me? in one of the great star entrances in movie history. Gilda, directed by Charles Vidor, features a sultry Hayworth in her most iconic role, as the much-lusted-after wife of a criminal kingpin (George Macready), as well as the former flame of his bitter henchman (Glenn Ford), and she drives them both mad with desire and jealousy. An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino’s glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, Gilda is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs." The Criterion Collection