Two men find themselves at the mercy of a deceitful femme fatale in Gilda, a 1946 noir thriller set in Buenos Aires. Directed by Charles Vidor, the film draws a tense triangle between high-rolling casino owner Ballin Mundson (George Macready), down-and-out gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), and Gilda (Rita Hayworth), a quick-witted tease who finds hate “a very exciting emotion.” Faked death, real death, Nazis, and secret police push the plot along, but it’s impeccably dressed and coiffed Hayworth that made Gilda one of Columbia’s most enduring films of the era. Brimming with sassy zingers (including “If I’d been a ranch they would have named me the Bar Nothing”), Gilda helped cement Hayworth as a silverscreen sexpot with the iconic striptease number “Put the Blame on Mame.” $10-$12 (benefiting Texas Public Radio); 7:30pm Tue, Aug 7; Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (800) 622-8977, tpr.org. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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