Let me open this post by confessing that I am not a Rita Hayworth fan. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, I think it is obvious that I tend to like the underdogs in Old Hollywood. That being said, Gilda has been on my Netflix instant queue for months because everyone says it is a must see, blah blah blah. Scrolling through my instant watch list I saw that Gilda was going to be removed in the beginning of March (yes, its already gone from instant watch, sorry), so I decided to bite the bullet and watch the darn thing. (I am going to assume that most of my readers have already watched this movie; what do you think about it being a "to watch" film?)
It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was an enjoyable movie with some great cinematography. The frames involving shadows and blurred front focus was especially interesting and added to the drama of the story.
So, is it a "must watch" movie? I'm going to say yes, but I am confused as to why this is considered Rita's "it" role. I've seen her in other roles and I hardly feel that Gilda is the best she's ever done.
I tried to watch her in The Lady from Shanghai and I had to stop halfway through the movie. It wasn't due to her more than to an Orson Welles overload. Right before sitting down to the film I just got finished listening to two radio plays with him as the main character and I just couldn't handle the voice anymore. What can I say, sometimes he's a genius and other times he is just annoying.
Do I dislike Rita less due to this role? Sort of. In my mind she has gone up a notch to "tolerable because she is sexy as hell." More than anything, this movie made me want to dye my hair red again.
On that ginger note, I had to go back to brunette last year due to my discovery that I have all the sudden become allergic to hair dye. I'm not sure how it happened, but I have read that it can occur, even for someone who dyes their hair constantly. My grandmother keeps pushing me to use henna because her aunt did so in the 40s with great results. My concern is that I have dark brown hair and I am doubtful that I would be able to achieve any good red result with henna with such dark hair. Anyone with dark hair have experience with using henna to go red?