Rita Hayworth was never more ravishing on screen than in Gilda, the 1946 Hollywood classic screening in a strictly limited run in a new digital restoration.
Hayworth, poured into a black satin sheath dress, casually loses a glove as she seductively coos Put the Blame on Mame, an iconic song and dance number set in a (studio-built) Buenos Aires nightclub that still dazzles for sheer magnetism.
Glenn Ford and George Macready play the suitors with whom Gilda forms a complicated love triangle (with other contenders skulking hopefully around the trio's orbit). Gilda herself is an atypical femme fatale; desirable, wilful and capricious in spades, but at heart a woman who is made to suffer for her unspoken loyalty to the one man she truly loves.
Screening exclusively at ACMI.
"Examples of film noir don't come much headier than Charles Vidor's sultry little number" - Daily Telegraph
"A real Hollywood treat" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian