THE KILLERS & GILDA
Tuesday, August 15
12:40 4:45 8:50
Directed by Robert Siodmak
Starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Garner
(1946) Gas jockey/boxer Burt Lancaster (in his debut) holes up in a small dark room awaiting his own assassins – so far so good, from Hemingway’s classic story – but then insurance dick Edmond O’Brien teams up with cop Sam Levene to dig up all the scheming, and double-crossing – and sultry Ava Gardner – that got him there. 35mm. Approx. 95 min.
12:40, 4:45, 8:50
“The kind of noir thriller the word quintessential was minted for.”
– Time Out (London)
Directed by Charles Vidor
Starring Rita Hayworth
(1946) Despite critical drubbing (“high-class trash,” sniffed the Daily News), in one of the biggest box office bonanzas of its year and now a bona fide film noir classic – the high of 1940s screen eroticism. Down-and-outer Glenn Ford’s “You’ve no idea how faithful and obedient I can be” pledge to Buenos Aires nightclub magnate George Macready is threatened when the boss later produces a wife – Rita Hayworth. “There never was a woman like Gilda!” shouted the ads, and there never was a star as electrifying as Hayworth, from her hair-tossing first close-up; to her teasing bumps and grinds, dressed in black satin gown, to the strains of “Put the Blame on Mame;” to the screen-igniting sensuality of her scenes with an uncharacteristically fiery Ford. (Hayworth created such a sensation in the role that the first peacetime A-Bomb sported her likeness.) Gilda boasts some of the most feverish noir dialogue of the decade and the screen’s first multi-sexual ménage á trois – an element totally unnoticed by contemporary critics. DCP. Approx. Approx. 110 min.
“Rita Hayworth is at her most sexy-masochistic.”
– Pauline Kael
“A wonderfully perverse neo-noir classic.”
– Philip French