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The Vintage Guide To London | February 24, 2018

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Big BFI give-away: win film tickets and books about Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth

Lena Weber

Update: this competition is now closed! 

The BFI is paying tribute to the violet-eyed screen goddess – Dame Elizabeth died this March – with an Elizabeth Taylor season. Watch classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or A Place in the Sun all throughout August. Full Liz Taylor film listings .

We are giving away three pairs of tickets to see any film in the season – you pick – and one of the three lucky ticket winners will also get a copy of the fantastic book Furious Love: The Love Affair of Elizabeth and Richard: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. To enter this fantastic competition email quoting ‘Liz’ in the subject line. The winners will be drawn at random at midday on Thursday, 28 July 2011.

But that’s not all! We are also giving away two Gilda themed goodie bags. Film noir classic Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth, is set in wartime Buenos Aires, where down-at-heel gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is rescued from assailants by German casino-proprietor Ballin Mundson (George Macready). Accepting a job as the joint’s manager, Johnny also becomes the boss’s closest companion, but is clearly put out when Mundson returns from a trip with a lovely wife, Gilda (Hayworth) – Johnny’s old flame, as it happens, which means that matters get murderously complicated.

Along with Rudolph Maté’s camerawork, the polished production design and a terse, knowing script, the typically charismatic performances of the three leads mark this out as superior film noir, though what stick in the memory are the barely suppressed homoeroticism and the headily misogynistic fear and loathing to which Gilda responds in her deliciously defiant dance. Cruel, cool and undoubtedly a classic of its kind. Gilda will be showing at BFI Southbank from 22 July – 4 August.

Our two goodie bags will not only contain a pair of tickets to watch Gilda, but also a copy of the accompanying book Gilda: BFI Film Classics, which provides an in-depth account of its production history, and, through an examination of its plot, formal devices such as the use of a voice-over narrator, mise-en-scene and preoccupation with sexual perversity, tackles the issue of the film’s generic status – is it a true film noir?

To be in with a chance to win a Gilda goodie bag email quoting ‘Gilda’ in the subject line. This competition will also close on Thursday, 28 July 2011.

Feel free to enter both competitions and good luck!