A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears... Written by
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To me a dollar was a dollar in any language. It was my first night in the Argentine and I didn't know much about the local citizens, but I knew about American sailors, and I knew I better get out of there.
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A cinematic version of Strawberry fields, where nothing is real.
J.D. Salinger's famous protagonist, Holden Caufield, from Catcher in the Rye, would have hated this movie and for good reason; it is replete with tawdry phoniness. You might as well classify "Gilda" as science fiction rather than film noir since none of it has any resemblance to reality.
The characters are fake, the South American locale is fake, and the casino where most of the action takes place looks like something the Wizard of Oz's interior decorator came up with. And wait until you get a load of Macready's make up job; whoo, brother! Ballin Munson? What kind of ridiculous name is that? (Maybe to suggest Ballin' Munson?).
Welcome to Gilda's alternative universe, my friend, one which succeeds on an anthropological plane of investigation; helping we poor mortals of the 21st century determine what kind of escapist entertainment our ancestors found amusing.
In sum, "Gilda" is just a vehicle for Rita Hayworth to strut and dance around inher glittering designer gowns, waving her gorgeous locks of hair, and uttering lines of dialogue she would never be clever enough to come upwith on her own. And her guitar playing? Ha! Hayworth doesn't even bother trying to fake it, merely putting all four fingers over the strings and sliding them up and down like a spastic paralytic.
You may as well throw your suspension of disbelief out the window if you have any hope of getting through this overrated piece of schlock. Film noir? The only black thing about this movie is that so many reviewers here on IMDb.com are fooled by its utter submission to Hollywood studio period narrative conventions.
I can't help musing what John Garfield or Humphrey Bogart would have done with this "Johnny Farrel" character. Then again, THOSE leading men would never consent to playing a pussy-whipped simp as Ford does. Yessiree, ol' Glenn knows who the REAL star is in THIS picture; that's why he GOT this part. No mere man or mortal is going to upstage the bankable queen bee Rita Hayworth.
But by all means, "turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream" if you could care less about having an engaging story to sink your teeth into and just want an injection of dazzling, but ultimately vacuous, Hollywood glitz. It's well-produced for what it is, so I'll be generous and give it five stars; let's be charitable as well, and say it probably looked fantastic on the big screen. And for those of you who think I'm being a pedantic snob, I will be the first to cheer that "Gilda" is magnificent compared to the hyper-sexualized tripe being produced for the silver screen these days.
One final note: the copy I viewed from a torrent site had been been restored by the UCLA Film Archive, and it appears they put quite a bit of effort into their work. Such a pity they wasted their time and money on the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy.
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