Classic “Gilda” with Rita Hayworth, Sept 12, 7pm

Like “Casablanca,” “Gilda” draws from a shadowy World War II-era of menace and intrigue. “Gilda” is set in Buenos Aires, in a city where covert German fascists exercise considerable power.

Also like “Casablanca,” “Gilda’s” central plot deals with a triangle, but the affairs in “Gilda” are both twisted and extremely powerful.

A down-and-out gambler, played by Glenn Ford, is taken on as an assistant to George Macready’s character: the ruthless boss of an international cartel, who runs an illegal casino.

The shocker is that Ford discovers that Macready’s new wife is the torrid Gilda, with whom he had a recent and incendiary affair.

You’ll never forget Rita Hayworth as Gilda, who burns up the screen with her silken sexiness, especially when she performs “Put the Blame on Mame.”

“Gilda” defined Rita Hayworth as the reigning screen siren for her era.

The movie shows once only, on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. Cerrito Classics are popular: it’s always a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, at the box office or online. Plan to arrive early, to select your seats and to order beer or wine and delicious, freshly-made food.

Have you checked out The Scene? It’s a stylish place to meet before or after the show, or any evening at all. Opens daily at 5:00 and has its own special menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts, plus a great wine list.