The Shanghai Gesture

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This Josef von Sternberg classic gets a bare bones release on DVD. The Shanghai Gesture has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the original audio has been replicated in Dolby Digital Mono. No additional features have been added for this DVD release, but given the film's spotty availability on home video, many fans will doubtless be pleased that The Shanghai Gesture has now been made available in digital format.
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This Josef von Sternberg classic gets a bare bones release on DVD. The Shanghai Gesture has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the original audio has been replicated in Dolby Digital Mono. No additional features have been added for this DVD release, but given the film's spotty availability on home video, many fans will doubtless be pleased that The Shanghai Gesture has now been made available in digital format.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although not much liked in its day, Joseph Von Sternberg's final great film is a "must" for anyone sharing the director's appetite for the sensually exotic. It doesn't really make much difference at this late date that most of playwright John Colton's then highly censurable characters have been severely watered down; that Colton's brothel owner, Madam Goddam, has become a gambling establishment proprietor named Madam Gin Slin (Ona Munson); that a torrid and adulterous love affair is turned into a broken marriage; or that the heroine's drug dependency instead becomes an addiction to gambling. The Shanghai Gesture, in fact, is much less Colton that it is Von Sternberg: here is the moody mise-en-scene, the fluid camera work and the erotic obsession. And, to his eternal credit, the director even manages to obtain sterling performances from such studio manufactured personalities as Gene Tierney and Victor Mature. As for Ona Munson, the erstwhile Belle Watling of Gone With the Wind is all caked makeup and desperation and not entirely the whore with a heart of gold that may have been intended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • UPC: 014381537529
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Tierney Poppy Charteris
Victor Mature Dr. Omar
Ona Munson Mother Gin Sling
Walter Huston Sir Guy Charteris
Phyllis Brooks Dixie Pomeroy, The Chorus Girl
Albert Basserman Van Alst, the Commissioner
Maria Ouspenskaya Amah
Eric Blore Caesar Hawkins, the Bookkeeper
Ivan Lebedeff The Gambler, Boris
Mike Mazurki Coolie
Clyde Fillmore Montgomery Howe, The Comprador
Grayce Hampton Social Leader
Rex Evans The Counselor (Jackson)
Mikhail Rasumny The Appraiser (Mischa)
Michael Delmatoff Bartender
Leyland Hodgson Ryerson
John Abbott Escort
Marcel Dalio The Master of the Spinning Wheel
Technical Credits
Josef von Sternberg Director, Screenwriter
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Richard Hageman Score Composer
Geza Herczeg Screenwriter
Paul Ivano Cinematographer
Charles Kerr Asst. Director
Boris Leven Art Director
Arnold Pressburger Asst. Director, Producer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Karl Vollmoeller Screenwriter
S.K. Winston Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title [2:27]
2. The Squeeze [4:17]
3. "Anything Could Happen Here..." [23:42]
4. Investigating The #1 Man [8:52]
5. Gambling Fever [5:14]
6. Plotting Revenge [17:22]
7. Sending Victoria To Singapore [2:53]
8. Plan In Action [14:13]
9. Confronting The #1 Man [14:08]
10. Learning The Truth [5:33]
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Side #1 --
   Start Feature
   Filmograpies
      Josef von Sternberg
      Gene Tierney
      Walter Huston
      Victor Mature
      Maria Ouspenskaya
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