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Gilda 1946 dir by Charles VidorStars:• Rita Hayworth as Gilda• Glenn Ford as Johnny Farrell• George Macready as Ballin MundsonSet:In Argentina after the War. Johnny is a down on hisluck kinda guy who begins work for Mundson.When Mundson returns from a trip married to thealluring Gilda the complications begin…
Why do we watch it?• It’s full of post-war desperation and angst. These people are either broken or profiteering from post-war shortages• Links to society at the time. It’s set in Argentina which was a hot bed of disenfranchised people – including ex Nazis hiding from authorities• It represents the American post-war paranoia about Nazi war criminals
Why do we watch it• Gilda is a fabulous Bad Girl/Good Girl. She is a femme fatale of sorts (but comes right in the end). She’s NOT Phyllis – and we will compare the two• Johnny is a flawed male with “no past and all future”• Ballin is a profiteer and a cruel man
Femme Fatale? ‘If I’d have been a ranch they’d have called me the Bar Nothing• Rita Hayworth’s Gilda was alluring and manipulative, but is driven by a love/hate relationship with Johnny to behave badly.• Her first (and most famous) scene, ‘me decent’ introduces her as a ‘vamp’ and uses typical noir visual stylistic techniques to make her look alluring (light behind)
Good Girl/Bad “I never can seem to do a zipper up” Girl Gilda represents the view of society at the time that a woman outside of family and traditional roles is most dangerous – she is part of a society where women’s roles and behaviour were changing and that was challenging traditional roles She uses men to get back at Johnny and uses her sexuality to get what she wants
Good/Girl Bad GirlUnlike Phyllis she doesn’tresort to crime – but wouldhave been seen as amoral atthe timeShe is selfish and a narcissistlike Phyllis – looks in the mirrora bit!She represents theexistentialist questioning oflife happening after the war -Gilda is a lost soul, whodoesn’t know what she wants.
Put the blame on Mame (women)"When they had the earthquake - in San Francisco-back in 19`6They said that old mother nature - was up to herold tricks.Thats the story that went around, but heres thereal lowdown-Put the blame on mame boys, put the blame onmameOne night she started to - shim and shake-that brought on the `Frisco quakeSo you can, Put the blame on mame boys,put the blame on mame.
“You have no idea how faithful I can Flawed Malebe for the right amount” • Johnny is literally at rock bottom when Ballin finds him • He is cruel and sadistic to Gilda – can’t live with her, can’t live without her • He is re-made as the cruel husband that Ballin has been • His relationship with Gilda is fatalistic“Youd think a bell would have rung, oryoud think Id have had some instinct ofwarning. But I didnt. I just walked right "I hated her so, I couldnt get her outinto it”. of my mind for a minute. She was in the air I breathed, the food I ate..."
The Hays Code and Gilda• Gilda only removes one glove• The ending where they are re-united was in an attempt to keep to the code• The underlying suggestion that this is a love triangle is not made explicit