Melvyn Stokes's study of the 1946 classic Gilda describes the film's production and reception history, as well as addressing Rita Hayworth's complex star persona and ethnicity identity; Gilda's status as a 'noir' film; and what the film had to say about relations between men and women in a world transformed by war.
MELVYN STOKES teaches film history and American history at University College London. He has written and edited twelve books, including D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation': A History of 'the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time' (2007). He is currently President of SERCIA, the European film organisation.
Introduction.- 1 Background.- 2 The Making of Gilda.- 3 Rita Hayworth as Gilda.- 4 Gilda the Film.- 5 Interpreting Gilda.- 6 Gilda and its Contexts.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.