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The Lady from Shanghai at the BFI Southbank
The Golden Age of Hollywood evokes memories of glamour and sex appeal, of actors of box sexes who were almost demi-gods, and of unattainable stars of the silver screen who graced the red carpet in a way that most of our contemporary film stars do not.
The movie stars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are now confined mainly to history, and their films are rarely shown on television, but often their pictures adorn the walls of hairdressing and beauty salons to remind us of the thrall in which we once held film stars, and of how we tried to emulate them.
David Benedict, writing on the BFI website, reminds us of Rita Hayworth that 'when she was good she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was torrid'. The flame haired sex goddess is commemorated in the cult film, The Shawshank Redemption, when the prisoners watch her perform in Gilda
The Rita Hayworth season runs at the BFI Southbank until the end of the month and includes Gilda,
Cover Girl, Pal Joey
Pal Joey with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak
and Separate Tables. What better place to remind yourself of the allure of a screen siren than in a darkened cinema.