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The Lady from Shanghai
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on March 9, 2000
As with "The Magnificent Ambersons" some six years previous, director Welles ran into some difficulties with the studio regarding the original cut of the movie, which they said was too long. In those days there were frequently double or triple bills with two or three movies shown, and theater owners were hesitant to show movies that were longer than an hour and a half. The cut Welles submitted to the studio was about 100 minutes long, where the released version runs at 87 minutes. Details are scarce as to the nature of the cut scenes. Perhaps it would have added more character development--my problem with the film was too much suspense and not enough character--I disliked "The Stranger" because it had too much character and not enough suspense--something like "Touch of Evil" or "Macbeth" has a nice balance... I would aggree that this is not one of Welles' best, however a bad Orson Welles movie is generally around the artistic level of midgrade Hitchcock and better than five movies made by any other filmmaker before 1969. Now stop reading and go buy this thing now: the Hall of Mirrors Scene at the end is more than worth the purchase price. The original cut may have been better. We'll never know. According to rumor on Internet, the cut footage was burned in 1948 due to pressure from Hearst.
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on July 13, 1999
The Lady from Shanghai is not one of Orson Welles best films. The camera work is very interesting and stunning. The story is a bit hard to follow at times. The "Hall of Mirrors" scene is amazing. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER REVIEWS.
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