The Lady from Shanghai (Bilingual) [Import]
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Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding, time-honored film noir written, directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and murder. The subject of great controversy and scandal upon its initial release, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. Fifty years later, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is considered vintage Welles, his famous hall of mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history.
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black cinema. Screenplay by Welles , directed by Welles , and featuring Welles . He has control of everything , and as you watch it
you realize that every scene , every camera angle , is for a reason. The film revolts the viewer as it unfolds , it is sort of like a train wreck ; a terrible thing , but you can't help but watch. The characters are repugnant , obviously on purpose. The camera shots ,
particularly on faces , are too tight , too close , and this too , is in my opinion , designed to revolt the viewer. The characters
all seem to hate each other , and if it weren't for the fact that they are trapped together on a yacht , or by marriage , or by
bussiness associations , you would expect them to flee each other. To further irritate the viewer ( me at least ) Welles assumes a phony Irish brogue accent that seems out of place , and not necessary to the story. The convoluted plot involves murder , but who is doing what to whom is a multilevel mystery. Without describing it , the finale is nothing less than superb.
So far my description may not motivate you to want to see it , but it is so well done in its' weird direction , that it is a must see.
Welles had control of Citizen Kane too , but this is seven years later , and he is more accomplished at his craft , and it is fascinating
in its' offbeat way. Forget Mars , forget Kane , see this. In Glorious Black & White.
Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding, time-honoured “film noir” written, directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and murder.
The subject of great controversy and scandal upon its initial release, ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Rita Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. Fifty years later, ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ is considered vintage Orson Welles, his famous hall of mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history. Based on the novel “If I Die Before I Wake.”
FILM FACT: Other scenes were filmed in Acapulco. The yacht Zaca, on which many scenes take place, was owned by actor Errol Flynn, who skippered the yacht in between takes and can also be seen in the background in one scene at a cantina in Acapulco.
Cast: Orson Welles (Narrator), Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford, Gus Schilling, Carl Frank, Louis Merrill, Evelyn Ellis and Harry Shannon
Director: Orson Welles
Producer: Orson Welles
Screenplay: Orson Welles, Charles Lederer (uncredited), Fletcher Markle (uncredited) and William Castle (uncredited)
Composers: Heinz Roemheld, Doris Fisher and Allen Roberts (song "Please Don't Kiss Me")
Cinematography: Charles Lawton Jr.Read more ›
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A must have film noir for collectors of the genre. This is a good print of classic Orson Welles film.Published 9 months ago by Norman Dawson
A beautiful example of the "film noir" genre. Featuring great performances by Hayworth and Wells in a vintage film. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alderson
I love Orson Welles' films. I like hearing Peter Bogdanovich talk about them, because he's such an inside authority in the industry, but in this one he never once refers to any... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2013 by whitefire390
No, not Welles' best film. It couldn't be, since "The Lady From Shanghai" was actually a chance for Welles to get back in good with the studio system, a.k.a. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by J. COSBY
Stupidity--not innocence, not heroism, not any virtue at all--is the major theme of *The Lady from Shanghai*. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Coram
An often bewildering parody of film noir in particular and Hollywood conventions in general, Columbia relegated "The Lady from Shanghai" to B-movie status due to... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Eddie Konczal
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