Gilda (1946) Film Review A-

DIRECTOR: Charles Vidor
BOTTOM LINE: Feast your eyes on Vidor’s stylish direction, Rudolph Maté’s lush black-and-white cinematography (unusual for a noir film), the Jean Louis gowns, and, of course, Rita Hayworth as Gilda, one of Hollywood’s most iconic heroines.  Although both Glenn Ford and George Macready always insisted that they believed their characters to be gay, director Charles Vidor disagreed. The plot and the characters’ motivations are hopelessly convoluted, so “Gilda” is a difficult film to grade on the Queer spectrum. However, it’s Queer enough to have two of the greatest song numbers in the history of Cinema: “Put the Blame on Mame” and “Amado Mio” “sung” in great style by Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis) and stunningly choreographed by “the Father of Theatrical Jazz Dance,” Jack Cole. Both songs were written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts.

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