Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

Director: Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong

Cast: Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong

     
 

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"It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily," purrs Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express. She certainly has her well-manicured hands full with more men than she can count in this exotic far-Eastern adventure. Among her fellow passengers on the Shanghai Express are her disillusioned former fiance, stalwart British medical corps officer Clive

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"It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily," purrs Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express. She certainly has her well-manicured hands full with more men than she can count in this exotic far-Eastern adventure. Among her fellow passengers on the Shanghai Express are her disillusioned former fiance, stalwart British medical corps officer Clive Brook; overfervent missionary Lawrence Grant; dope smuggler Gustav von Seyffertitz; and mysterious Eurasian businessman Warner Oland. As the train chugs through the more treacherous passages of war-torn China, Oland reveals himself as the leader of a rebel group, who plans to hold the passengers hostage to secure the release of his imprisoned followers. In Boule de Suif fashion, Dietrich, who is a notorious "Chinese coaster" but who has remained sexually aloof throughout the trip, gives herself to Oland to save the life of Brook, the man she truly loves. Directed by Josef von Sternberg at his most orgiastic (love those long, lingering dissolves!), Shanghai Express is 80% style and 20% substance, as proven by two less stylish remakes, Night Plane to Chungking and Peking Express.

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Shanghai Express is one of the best, and arguably the most popular, of the seven films that director Josef von Sternberg made with Marlene Dietrich. As usual, the strikingly photographed Dietrich looks like a goddess, but she also delivers a fine performance as Shanghai Lily, a woman of debatable reputation. Von Sternberg creates a suspenseful atmosphere, rich with memorable characterizations. Still, the film's visual design is its most distinctive aspect; Lee Garmes' cinematography won him an Academy Award. In keeping with the overall look, Shanghai's sets and costumes are brilliantly ornate. The story would be remade in 1942 as the little-seen Night Plane from Chungking and in 1951 as Peking Express, neither of which could achieve the allure of the von Sternberg production, which was also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
UPC:
0025192139659
Original Release:
1932
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
9,126

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlene Dietrich Shanghai Lily
Clive Brook Captain Donald Harvey
Anna May Wong Hue Fei
Warner Oland Henry Chang
Eugene Pallette Sam Salt
Lawrence Grant Rev. Carmichael
Louise Closser Hale Mrs. Haggerty
Gustav von Seyffertitz Eric Baum
Emile Chautard Maj. Lenard
Leonard Carey Minister
Willie Fung Engineer
Forrester Harvey Ticket Agent
Claude King Albright
Miki Morita Officer
James B. Leong Rebel

Technical Credits
Josef von Sternberg Director,Producer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Adolph Zukor Producer

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