The Lady from ShanghaiDirector: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia
The Lady From Shanghai, a complex, involving puzzle-within-a-puzzle mystery story, is a showcase for Orson Welles, showing his singular talents and sensibilities as few other films have. The story is superficially simple: a seaman Michael O'Hara (Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy Banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O'Hara earlier, when he saved her from a mugging. What ensues is a complicated and bizarre pattern of deception, fraud and murder, with O'Hara finding himself implicated in a murder, despite his innocence. The film is best remembered for its final sequence when the plot comes to a literally smashing climax in the famous "hall of mirrors" sequence, with Elsa and Banister shooting it out amidst shards of shattering glass. Orson Welles, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in the film, is sometimes self-indulgent in his use of visual tricks and techniques, which at times sacrifice plot for visual brilliance, but he pulls it together in the end to produce a stunning, difficult film. Rita Hayworth gives one of her best performances as the deceptive, seductive temptress, hard-edged and cynical. The film confounds, unsettles and disorients the viewer, very much as Welles intended to do. While not an easy film, it is well worth the attention required to follow it, and Welles offers no easy solutions or any false happy endings to his tour-de-force mystery.
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Cast & Crew
|Lawrence W. Butler||Special Effects|
|Sturges Carne||Art Director|
|William Castle||Associate Producer|
|Lodge Cunningham||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stephen Goosson||Art Director|
|Jean Louis||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Wilbur Menefee||Set Decoration/Design|
|Sam Nelson||Asst. Director|
|Heinz Roemheld||Score Composer|
|Robert J. Schiffer||Makeup|
|Herman Schoenbrun||Set Decoration/Design|
|Morris W. Stoloff||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Richard Wilson||Associate Producer|
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Blu-ray quality is superb, with DTS stereo. I have the previous DVD version and it does not measure up to this. But I'll be keeping the DVd for its extras, the new Blu-ray has NONE. The only problem I found with quality is audio, DTS is so full range that I have to keep volume too low to hear the dialog because when the music and sound effects kick in, it becomes too loud! The "film noir" thriller was produced and directed by Orson Welles, screenplay by him also. I'm a big fan of Welles and wish he could have done more. Interesting city scenes in San Francisco, beaches of Mexico, courtroom, and a deserted amusement park where the well known and dramatic climax hall of mirrors scene is filmed. Welles worked all night making that part of the picture artistic. All in all I highly recommended this edition. I just wished the film commentary and interview with Peter Bogdanovich could have been preserved.
Great, as only Welles can do it. Much of what passes for 'cool' in genre films today was defined by Welles.
This film is magic - Orson Wells and Rita Hayworth are brilliant, but so are the supporting cast. I absolutely could not take my eyes off the screen. I would have loved to have seen this on the big screen. A must see for film noir fans.