Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1946. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Story by E.A. Ellington, Adaptation by Jo Eisinger, Screenplay by Marion Parsonnet. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate. Produced by Virginia Van Upp. Music by Hugo Friedhofer. Production Design by Stephen Goosson, Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Charles Nelson.
Rita Hayworth is married to controlling and conniving night club owner George Macready. Glenn Ford is a hobo turned club manager who is sleeping with both of them. Naturally, this love triangle will be missed by those not paying enough attention, but if you do you’ll enjoy seeing the story constantly change between who is competing for whose affection. The centre piece of the film, and what seems to make it such an important part of film history, is a strip routine by Hayworth that is an absolute classic: she barely takes off a glove and yet she is the most erotically charged image of womanhood you’re likely to see.
The Criterion Collection: #795
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition