The Lady From Shanghai

1948 • 87 minutes
4.4
40 reviews
83%
Tomatometer
Eligible
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Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding, time-honored film noir written, directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and murder. The subject of great controversy and scandal upon its initial release, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. Fifty years later, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is considered vintage Welles, his famous hall of mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history. © 1948, renewed 1975 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
4.4
40 reviews
The New Yorker
March 25, 2014
“The lurid plot involves lust and murder, which Welles renders in a frenzied array of distorting and disorienting images. Cocked angles and high-contrast lighting are matched by an ear-catching relay of highly inflected voices of character actors.”
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