I was urged to watch this film finally last night, waiting for that famous number Blame it on Mame, from the classic film Gilda (1946). The plot itself ties you up in knots at times as we follow the three leads in Argentina. We have to wait nearly half an hour before we get our first glimpse of the beautiful Rita Hayworth as she throws back her hair revealing her perfect face to camera. Finding an electric chemistry between her and a young Glenn Ford who is our troubled narrator for the film.
Turning to the supporting cast especially that of the bathroom assistant and casual philosopher Uncle Pio (Steven Geray) who from a distance allows us to see the potential of the love triangle that becomes more complicated. Or should I say hate triangle. Love is substituted perfectly in its opposite form, the audience is left in no doubt of Gilda and Farrell’s past, that they are cruelly reminded of.
Gilda is trapped in a loveless marriage to a powerful casino owner George Macready‘s Ballin Mundson who craves power and control over those who work under him. Yet ties of the past war come back to haunt him in the form of angry Germans who want what is rightly theirs again.
Meanwhile the hate between Farrell and Gilda grows, as they both try to please and survive the boss and husband Mundson who owes them both so much. Soon they are able to marry allowing Farrell exact his revenge, which we will never really understand, never knowing its roots beyond what we are told.
Gilda is the prime example when even when there is so much going on that we dont care about the plot, its the relationship between two people that maintains our attention, we want to see them work things outs, but how can they with so much going on. They don’t have time to breathe, to think, to heal those old wounds and turn hate back into love that brought them together in the first place.
- Saturday Night Cinema: Gilda (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- The Postman Always Rings Twice in The South Bronx (and possibly for OJ Simpson) (psychologistmimi.com)
- Happy Birthday Rita Hayworth: born on this day in 1918 (thisdayintime.wordpress.com)