Film #104: GILDA
3 out of 5 stars
A rewatch! A pretty standard love triangle film with some noir-ish overtones made notable by a stellar and iconic cast. There's some nonsense about Germans & patents thrown in, but it's wholly forgettable & comes across too muddled. Glenn Ford is utterly miscast for his role as tough guy in this, but the supporting cast else is fine enough. Director Charles Vidor (HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, A FAREWELL TO ARMS) is clearly out of his element here, but does manage to craft some visually interesting scenes now and again. The only reason - and I mean the ONLY reason - to see this is Rita Hayworth who is STUNNINGLY beautiful and far too sexy for the time (1946). Her character is an utter bitch, so much so that not even the big explanation toward the end justifies her actions. For fans of ‘40s era cinema, this is pretty much a must-see. Modern fans will probably just not quite "get it," but should see it anyway for Hayworth’s hotness.