Gilda

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USA | 1946 | 110 minute | Charles Vidor

August 10, 2019

Dressed to the Nines: Style in Cinema

When ne'er-do-well Johnny (Glenn Ford) becomes reacquainted with Gilda (Rita Hayworth), the new bride of his boss and crooked casino owner Balin Mundson (George Macready), he can already see trouble on the horizon. As Gilda begins to go behind Balin's back on the regular, Johnny's between a rock and a hard place, trying to shelter his friend from Gilda's improprieties, while having full knowledge of what might happen if Balin were to discover the truth. Hayworth's reputation as a Hollywood goddess was cemented by Charles Vidor's (Love Me or Leave Me) most memorable film, one in which she inhabits a character that no man can resist. Blessed with one of the more iconic starlets of all time at his disposal, Jean Louis turns up the heat fashioning gowns for Rita Hayworth in this most glamorous of noir films.

Costume design is one of the essential elements of filmmaking. In the hands of a talented designer, wardrobe reveals character and informs story. The studio system at its height spawned a roster of legendary names known for their sartorial skill, from Adrian to Edith Head. SIFF's summer repertory series spans the decades, returning six landmark films to the big screen, making them available to view through the prism of extraordinary costume design. Come see a host of Hollywood stars dressed to the nines, Saturdays at one at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

All films in the series will be hosted by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, who under the pen name Renee Patrick, write the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award nominated mystery novels featuring costume designer Edith Head. They have introduced films on Turner Classic Movies and at the Noir City Film Festivals at both SIFF and in Los Angeles.

  • Director: Charles Vidor
  • Principal Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1946
  • Running Time: 110 minute
  • Producer: Virginia Van Upp
  • Screenplay: E.A. Ellington, Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet
  • Cinematographers: Rudolph Maté
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, German