Howard Hawks’s resonant, prescient, entertaining, enormously influential pre-war adventure receives the A/V refurbishing it richly deserves.
Few classical Hollywood titles have the glitz and glam of this excellent Blu-ray release of Gilda from the Criterion Collection.
This presentation is a beautiful, if barebones, means of introducing newcomers to one of Welles’s more idiosyncratic commercial films.
It derives its tension from its almost pointed meaninglessness, which would appear to be a subterfuge for a personal expression that’s never quite achieved.
Howard Hawks’s masterpiece organizes its space within a nodal web of slightly claustrophobic locations, always shrouded in fog or cigarette smoke.