Gilda

In the gutsy 1946 noir Gilda, the sultry title character (Rita Hayworth), just married to a casino's sinister owner, meets up with her old flame, Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), now her husband's best friend. Two hours of plot twists later, they end up in each others' arms. But before that, Gilda must disclose her devastating secret: She used to be a stripper in New York. She gives the audience a peek of her past by strutting onto the casino stage, peeling off first one elbow-length black satin glove, then the other. This being '40s Hollywood, Gilda doesn't get very far. But the camera adores her alone out there on the dark stage, catching light off her hair and her slinky black dress as she rips a diamond choker from her neck and lobs it into the audience like a grenade. It's a vivid moment in American film, imagining a potent piece of public undressing as both our heroine's victory and her defeat. Note: no late show Saturday. (NR) RACHEL SHTEIL

July 13-19, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.; July 14-15, 4:30 p.m., 2012

 
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