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27 February 2016: Take Two: Gilda / Mulholland Drive

Charles Vidor
1946 | 106 min | B/W | DCP

"Gilda, are you decent?" Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, "Me?”" in one of the great star entrances in movie history. Gilda features a sultry Hayworth in her most iconic role, as the much-lusted-after wife of a criminal kingpin (George Macready), as well as the former flame of his bitter henchman (Glenn Ford), and she drives them both mad with desire and jealousy. An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino’s glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, Gilda is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs.

Mulholland Drive
David Lynch
2001 | 140 min l Colour | 35mm

"What's your name? My name's... Rita". Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.