It's still one of the most badass screen entrances in movie history. A man enters his wife's boudoir, asking if she's decent. "Me?" Rita Hayworth asks back, popping into the frame with a flip of her flame-colored hair and a radiant, tempting kisser suggesting she's pondered that decent question about herself for years. The N.C. Museum of Art couldn't start off its "Women of Film Noir" film series with a more definitive, cinematic look at the femme fatale in her natural environment. This sultry and scandalous bit of 1946 pulp, directed by Charles Vidor, has Hayworth in a star-making turn as the title character, an uninhibited dame with a mysterious past (as always) who comes between business partners portrayed by George Macready and Glenn Ford.
"The movie is out-of-control," critic Jami Bernard once wrote about the film, putting it mildly. Actually, this is one seedy, sadistic, perverted, twisted and ultimately fucked-up movie. The crazy part? You can enjoy it with the whole family. NCMA film curator and Independent Weekly contributor Laura Boyes will introduce the film at 8 p.m. —Craig D. Lindsey