The Lady from Shanghai

On an empty night alley new York's Central Park, Michael O'hara throw right and left of the bandits who attacked Rosalie Bannister. A giant with the face of a child, an unemployed sailor, he draws her to his primitive power, and she offers Michael a job on the yacht of her husband, a successful lawyer, crippled poliomielita crippled. Smitten a fatal blonde, O'hara sail. In a way Grizbi, a business partner of Bannister, turns to Michael with a rather cryptic offer to help fake his murder in order that he could disappear and get a huge insurance. Grizbi promises to pay $5000, with money like Michael and Rosalie will be able to escape and start a new life. Michael agrees... and almost signed his own death warrant.

  • Orson Welles

Release Date: 1948-04-14
IMDb icon 7.6/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English | Cantonese
  • Budget: $2,300,000
Lynnea Schug
31 December 2015 | 09:35

"Lady of the Shanghai" now looks somewhat naive, corny, almost without characteristic of wells of formal methods (with the exception of the Baroque final), if not a touch of irony, commenting on the action of the narrator. Sometimes discreet frivolous tone in the story of love and betrayal turns her on a fairy tale.

The Director focuses his film on the figure of the mysterious stranger in performed by Rita Hayworth, which for the expense of close-UPS that turn her face the landscape takes on an archetypal scale. Wells seeks to deconstruct the image of Hollywood stars as such, embodied men's dreams, presenting them as alluring, but a dangerous figure, ready at any moment to betray and take advantage of the credulity of the fan.

The Director himself being in love with Hayworth husband builds many scenes not otherwise the admiration of her beauty and grace, resulting in the rest of the episodes seem minor and worth the price of admission, though comically looks spectacular scene in court, especially schizophrenic questioning by the lawyer himself.

The narrative develops in a balanced rhythm failures stops, the installation is invisible, maximally adjusted by Hollywood standards, and the camera work. The film seems unusual for wells, devoid of technical sophistication and creative inspiration of others it works. Of course, it frankly, the average "Stranger", but not stun the viewer to the stylistic richness of "Otello" or"Falstaff".

Wells-actor creates an unusual for himself the image of the simpleton, deliberately dry, narrow, without tend it characters negative charm, however, its cheerful disposition that it lurks in the facial nuances. Ironic, a fabulous intonation to applied to Noir, of course, was a fresh innovation for cinema of those years, but today, the film has lost much of its appeal and even looks. not devoid of skill, but in General, the banal pattern.

However, the General negative impression albeit not fully neutralize the final, executed in the visual manner of the Baroque labyrinth: corridor of mirrors, the seriality of the images, overlaying the images for through the use of combined shooting designed to Express the Kafkaesque disorientation loss of identity is quite in the spirit wells.

To unfortunately, this episode is not long music does not is justified, but his leaves a strong impression, closing the gray and featureless narrative. For with the exception of the finale, "Lady of the Shanghai" not contain imagine any of stylistic breakthroughs, no semantic depth, remaining in the memory of the viewer as the entrance, the average movie 40 years.

Eleonore Nich
16 February 2006 | 02:15

Nesomnenno masterpiece! If you read the article about Orson Welles, then any of them you would have found upominanie that's about this film.
Like filmed. Even though he and represents the genre's being a drama and a detective, but narrative manner of shooting is very easy. Even the story of wells for the frame is such a carefree, what are you watching this detective, and just relax!

8 from 10

Giana Azaleah
28 November 2012 | 07:05

Not a movie, and legend. Have the name itself, along with events on which shows Orson and Rita, makes you fantasize and imagine the plot of this film.

Orson Welles made a classic Noir: the boat, the triangle between the husband, the main character and a charming blonde. Murder. Stand. Court. Flight. The search for the culprit.

The ease with which the Director coped with the task, only underlines its brilliance. Wells much experimenting. He was looking for new forms — and how I think the film succeeded.

Take, for example, the choice of plans scenes Rita. I think that wells deliberately took a lot of chips from silent movie — requiring Rita to be as possible static.

The picture turned out very unique and no wonder that the contemporaries of the film is not understand is not accepted. It does not reduce its value. Why are only the scene with the mirrors or the display of relations in the boat.

Comparing the "Lady of Shanghai" with another masterpiece — "Double insurance" Billy Wilder, clarifies all the creative advantages of wells. Sharp, irregular, explosive — it is not tried to create harmony on the screen. In compared to him, Wilder has created for the screen resembles the artist is much more balanced and coherent movie.

Possible error Welles was a personal part in the lead role. On my opinion, it with it did is beyond praise. But, if the same the role was played by the star — James Stewart or Gregory peck, then the picture would be more understandable and enjoyable to the audience. And may it part really would improve the film.

In summary: film Noir classic. Sample expressionism in cinema. The picture just need one time in life to see. At least in order to understand in full the hero movie (and book) "Escape from the Shawshank".

10 of 10

How much did it cost to make The Lady from Shanghai?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $2,300,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Lady from Shanghai?
This tv-show was directed by Orson Welles.
What is the genre of The Lady from Shanghai?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Best Film-Noir Movies.
Who starred in The Lady from Shanghai?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia.
What is The Lady from Shanghai IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.6.
When was The Lady from Shanghai released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 1948-04-14.