The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

Orson Welles' 1947 noir, led by Welles himself and his wife at the time, Rita Hayworth (Gilda). The pair become caught in a web of obsession and a mysterious murder plot.

"In financial chaos, with his critical reputation ebbing, and his marriage to Rita Hayworth floundering, Orson Welles was grateful to accept Columbia boss Harry Cohn’s surprising offer to direct an adaptation of R. Sherwood King’s 1938 thriller If I Die Before I Wake, with Hayworth as co-star. In a noir thriller of labyrinthine entanglement, Welles portrays an Irish sailor who accompanies a beautiful woman and her husband on a sea cruise and becomes entwined in a murder plot, culminating in one of cinema’s famous finales: Hayworth’s frantic ice-blonde femme fatale surreally reflected in a hall of mirrors – read by some as a comment on the stars’ marriage." (London Film Festival)

1947Rating: PG, Violence87 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThrillerClassic
Director:
Orson Welles ('Citizen Kane', 'Touch of Evil', 'The Magnificent Ambersons')
Writer:
Orson Welles
Cast:
Orson WellesRita HayworthEverett SloaneGlenn AndersTed de Corsia

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Script is wordy and full of holes which need the plug of taut story telling and more forthright action.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Be warned: This is a film that collects obsessives.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For a fellow who has as much talent with a camera as Orson Welles and whose powers of pictorial invention are as fluid and as forcible as his, this gentleman certainly has a strange way of marring his films with sloppiness.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though the plot is impossible to follow, there are many glimpses of Welles' signature atmosphere-making.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Script is wordy and full of holes which need the plug of taut story telling and more forthright action.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Be warned: This is a film that collects obsessives.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For a fellow who has as much talent with a camera as Orson Welles and whose powers of pictorial invention are as fluid and as forcible as his, this gentleman certainly has a strange way of marring his films with sloppiness.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though the plot is impossible to follow, there are many glimpses of Welles' signature atmosphere-making.

4.0

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