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Gilda (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, E.A. Ellington, Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet
  • Producers: Virginia Van Upp
  • Format: Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 7 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XPPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,997 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

All film noirs need deceit, betrayal, dialogue hard as diamonds--and dames even harder than that. But Gilda is the only one with the dame front and center, and for good reason. Rita Hayworth shimmers in the 1946 classic, which spins on a tortured plot involving the title character (Hayworth); her imperious husband (George Macready), a ruthless casino owner and head of an Argentine tungsten cartel (!); and Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), Gilda's ex-lover and now her husband's go-fer. But no one watches Gilda for the plot, except to learn that all the characters have secrets--perhaps even ones they would kill for. Hayworth captures Gilda's vulnerability beneath her devil-may-care front ("If I'd been a ranch, they would have named me the Bar Nothing"). Not to be missed: Hayworth's slinky striptease to "Put the Blame on Mame." --Anne Hurley

Special Features

The best thing about this DVD is the restoration done by the UCLA Film Archive, rendering the black-and-white cinematography sumptuous, especially in scenes in which Gilda wears sequins or satin (practically every scene). There's a short bio of Hayworth and her ascent at Columbia, as well as trailers for Gilda and some other Columbia films that have been released on DVD. --Anne Hurley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Sloane on Sept. 10 2003
Format: DVD
Much has been made of the obvious pleasures in "Gilda" -- the stunning, idol-making performance of Rita Hayworth; the famous striptease-that-really-is-a-tease; the overripe dialogue (somebody could make a good drinking game based on how many times somebody says "Johnny" to Glenn Ford); the perversely sexual subtexts involving Gilda and Johnny, Gilda and Ballin, and certainly, Ballin and Johnny (!) But the other pleasures of this movie shouldn't be overlooked. For one thing, it's one of the best LOOKING movies ever to come out of the 1940's: stunning sets, gorgeous costumes, and most of all, eye-popping black-and-white photography, making effective use of noir conventions (everyone is forever stepping into or out of shadows) and creating Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth as pinnacles of physical beauty; neither one ever looked this good again, although Rita came close in "You Were Never Lovelier".
Maybe my favorite overlooked treat in "Gilda" is the enigmatic character of Uncle Pio, who has some of the best lines in the movie as he wittily comments on the foibles of the characters,
acting as a sort of Shakespearean Fool. Screenwriting this good is certainly part of what makes "Gilda" so special and brings its fans back to watch again and again.
One final comment: if Rita Hayworth really does her own singing during the quiet version of "Mame" in the nightclub at 5 a.m., as I've read and heard, the lady was not only gorgeous and a terrific dancer, she had quite a voice, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 31 2011
Format: DVD
Columbia Pictures presents "GILDA" (1945) ~ (110 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Rota Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia & Steven Geray

Directed by Charles Vidor

When wealthy Ballin Mundson (George Macready) rescues down at his heels gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) and invites him to the Buenos Aires casino he owns, both men get more than they wagered on. Farrell convinces Mundson to hire him as casino manager, but is shocked when Mundson introduces his new bride, and Farrell's old flame, Gilda (Rita Hayworth).Though Farrell is unwavering in his loyalty to his employer, and he and Gilda treat each other with contempt, Mundson realizes that the torch never died for either of the former lovers. Ordered to guard Gilda, Farrell tries to convince himself that he's protecting Mundson's interests, but Gilda sees through his self-deception. Meanwhile, Mundson reveals to Farrell that his primary business is control of an international tungsten cartel that he plans to use to further his fascist ends.

Great tight tense script, direction and cast makes an all-time classic noir, but it's George Macready who gives such an icy cold character performance, that when he's on the screen nobody else seems to be there, even though Hayworth and Ford are steaming up the cameras with their hot steaming scenes.

* Special footnote: ~ Rita Hayworth had to wear a corset while shooting "Put the Blame on Mame," as she gave birth to her first daughter, Rebecca, months before filming ~ In the scene where Gilda is brought back to Argentina by Tom, she slaps Johnny hard across both sides of his face. In reality, Rita Hayworth's smacks broke two of 'Glenn Ford''s teeth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By forrie on May 16 2003
Format: DVD
Columbia Pictures made 32 movies with Rita Hayworth thus she became known as the "The Columbia Lady". But after making a series of steamy romance films including "GILDA", she became known as "The Love Goddess".
Gilda was such an important Hollywood film that the UCLA Film and Television Archives with Sony Pictures digitally restored & remastered both picture & sound flawlessly. Gilda also is Archived in The Library of Congress.
This Standard (4:3 tv) Black/White film is perfectly presented in this collectable DVD. Hayworth is at her best and absolutely beautiful.
Summary; A steamy romance between Bosses wife ( Rita Hayworth) and South American casino manager (Glenn Ford). A love hate romantic triangle forms along with black mail, bribery, corruption, double crossing & murder. This fast pace romantic drama keeps us guessing and the surprise ending is a 1940's Hollywood gem.
Extra Features: featurette, Rita Hayworth - The Columbia Lady (some very enjoyable dance sequences with Fred Astaire), Vintage Advertising, Talent Files & Trailers.
Hayworth is "GILDA". This is a great movie to enjoy over & over. Get the popcorn ready and sit back and watch the "Love Goddess" at her steamy best. Enjoy.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 12 2014
Format: Blu-ray
GILDA [1946] [Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [Italian Import] An exciting highly charged story, Rita Hayworth has not and has never been so sexy! There Never Was A Woman Like Gilda!

Johnny Farrell [Glenn Ford] is a small-time American professional gambler, newly arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he is caught cheating at a game of blackjack, Johnny Farrell manages to talk his way into a job with the casino's owner, the powerful Ballin Mundson [George Macready]. The two form an uneasy partnership based off their mutual lack of scruples until Ballin Mundson introduces Johnny Farrell to his beautiful new wife, Gilda [Rita Hayworth], who just happens to be Johnny Farrell's ex-lover. After this Johnny Farrell marries Gilda, but not because he loves her, but because he wants to punish her of not being faithful to Balin Mundson. But things are not going in the way Johnny Farrell has planned.

FILM FACT: The film was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival, the first time the festival was held. The strapless black satin gown that designer Jean Louis created for Rita Hayworth's "Put the Blame on Mame" number was based on the dress (with straps) worn by Madame X in the famous painting by John Singer Sargent. The painting, done in 1884, hangs at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
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