The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

Orson Welles (1948)

83min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This marvellously murky film noir from arguably American cinema's greatest director, Orson Welles, is justly renowned for its climactic hall of mirrors sequence. However, there are other attractions to be savoured here, notably Rita Hayworth's blonde-haired femme fatale who vamps Welles's Irish seaman into coming on a cruise with her and disabled husband Everett Sloane (even better than he was in Citizen Kane). Of course, all is not as it seems as betrayal and murder soon take centre stage. Bizarre in places (particularly the director's curious Irish brogue), the film was criticised at the time for its portrayal of love goddess Hayworth (whose marriage to Welles was coming to an end) as a something of a monster. But, this is still a movie with brilliant visual flourishes, not least the aforementioned magnificently shot finale.

Summary

An adventurer saves a woman's life, only to get involved in romance and intrigue on board her invalid millionaire husband's yacht. Murder mystery, written, directed by and starring Orson Welles, with Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane and Glenn Anders.

Cast & Crew

Michael O'Hara Orson Welles
Elsa Bannister Rita Hayworth
Arthur Bannister Everett Sloane
George Grisby Glenn Anders
Sidney Broome Ted de Corsia
Judge Erskine Sanford
Jake Louis Merrill
Bessie Evelyn Ellis
Director Orson Welles
Writer Orson Welles
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Jul 2014
Drama