Gilda (1946)

Directed by Charles Vidor, written by E.A. Ellington (story), Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)

“I hated her, so I couldn’t get her out of my mind for a minute.”

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Cynicism dresses the stage as a down on his luck but talented grifter gets an honest job at a casino from the head of a cartel that saves him from a mugging. His new boss meets and impulsively marries a woman from his past which forms a dangerous love triangle further complicated by murder.

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A stunning Rita Hayworth freezes time with her first look toward the camera, and she plays the type of man-eating femme fatale capable of destroying everything around her. The cast turn in great performances, especially our grifter Glenn Ford, but the film sizzles because of her.

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