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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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Win a book on Gilda to kick off the BFI's Rita Hayworth season

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Update: This competition is now closed

When she was good, she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was torrid. The BFI Southbank introduces a season of the finest films of the Forties star known as ‘The Love Goddess’ – Rita Hayworth.

Throughout June you’ll have the chance to see Hayworth in her best pictures, from Only Angel Have Wings to the inimitable Gilda and Orson Welles’ fascinating The Lady from Shanghai.

To kick off the season in style, one luck reader can now win a copy of Gilda: BFI Film Classics by Melvyn Stokes. The book focuses on Charles Vidor’s classic noir film ‘Gilda’ (1946). Set in wartime Argentina, the film stars Rita Hayworth in her best-remembered role, as the title character, Gilda, caught in a love triangle between tough casino owner Ballin Mundson (George Macready) and professional gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford).

Stokes also places Hayworth’s performance in the title role in the context of her film career and star persona, focusing on her complicated ethnic identity and her journey from the brunette Spanish/Irish actress Margaret Carmen Cansino to the auburn-haired movie star ‘Rita Hayworth’.

To be in with a chance to win the book simply leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random at midday on Thursday 30 May. There is no cash alternative. Good luck!

Full listings of the Hayword season and tickets


  1. Abigail

    Would love a bit of Rita in my life!

  2. Spencer Broadley

    What a star!!! I love the women like Rita and Marilyn from the golden age of cinema

  3. I adore Rita!

  4. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    Rita Hayworth, what a life she led ! Fascinating !!!!

  5. Eva

    I love noir films, and Rita is my favourite noir goddess!

  6. Emma Jones

    I would love to win this book! She was such a beautiful and inspirational lady.

  7. Martin Ling

    Nice prize, hats off to Vintage Guide:)

  8. Louise

    I love Rita Hayworth; she was so beautiful and glamourous!

  9. Allie Brown

    “They go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me.” So beautiful and so tragic. A bit like her own story, but she didn’t let them lick her!

  10. Would love this.

  11. Helen

    I adore Rita, this book looks beautiful!

  12. Caroline Kavanagh

    Rita Hayworth was amazing. My style idol

  13. Tof

    What a marvelous Lady

  14. Clare Szabo

    A true beauty and that smile! A wonderful woman and testament to the golden age of cinema.

  15. such a beautiful lady, I’d love to get my hands on this book!

  16. I adore Rita – sounds like a great book!

  17. Lizzi

    I get serious hair envy with the gorg Rita, oh to have her perfectly set luscious locks!

  18. Marie Nemeth

    Pretty please!? MX

  19. Would love to win!