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si_reid's avatar


Can I be 29 and say "they don't make em' like this anymore"? classic film
10 years 12 months ago
FrankHowley's avatar


Hall of Mirrors scene is incredible.
13 years 5 months ago
lloporeo's avatar


"Maybe I'll live so long that I'll forget her. Maybe I'll die trying."
11 years ago
V012's avatar


Starts out pretty badly but builds a strong storyline afterwards. Some lines were hilariously bad and some were dramaticly brilliant. Never seen a film so undivided on its quality. I suppose the reason for that is because of the producers meddling with the film
Orson Welles' vision was marvelous, the themes were classic of a film noir. Rita Hayworth was a diamond. Her acting in the ending was intense.
The hall of mirrors scene and basically the whole ending was directed and written in a very heartfelt and emotionally overwhelming way. The ending of this film made the greatest impact on me.
"Killing you is killing me, but I'm getting kinda sick of us, baby"
10 years 4 months ago
TomServo's avatar


Just tell them you're taking a little tarrrrrrget practice.
9 years 8 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


There are some good quotes by Orson Welles, but the story is very bad and weak if analyzed, full of holes and obvious consequences..
12 years 9 months ago
MrE2Me's avatar


This was a bit disappointing for me, probably because of all the hype and the talent involved. Yes, the final sequence is excellent, but the plot doesn't kick in until halfway through the film, and Welles' penchant for dubbing his own voice in place of other actors' is really obvious and distracting. It also seemed like a more predictable story than most, even for a noir. Welles took on this project out of last-minute financial desperation, and his heart doesn't really seem in it. All that being said, it's still worth watching, and Hayworth is ravishing, even with shorn, bleached locks.
13 years 3 months ago
Bowtiepunk's avatar


This is the best performance I've seen by Orson Welles!
12 years ago
SweetVanillaFreshness's avatar


Like watching dream.

Easy to understand why Andy Dufresne has a poster of Rita in Shawshank.
2 years 4 months ago
MrW's avatar


Safe to say it isn't exactly Orson Welles' magnum opus, and the hatchet job the studio did with it is all too obvious (especially during the opening minutes). The plot is nonsense at times, if rather effective once it gets going. Welles also offers a spectacularly dodgy Irish accent. Nonetheless, it is a thoroughly enjoyable and idiosyncratic effort despite its clearly rough edges. Welles' singular visual style remains, if not as pronounced as some of his others works - all deep focus and deeper shadows. And there's the ending - a tour de force sequence, capturing a confrontation in a fairground that has enough visual energy to fuel an entire film on its own
3 years ago
Siskoid's avatar


The Lady of Shanghai is, for the most part, a very ordinary effort for Orson Welles. It has little of the directorial flair of his other films, except for the crazy funhouse climax, which is deservedly iconic. As a story, it is also a thing of parts, barely earning its title, for example, and featuring an unbelievable trial at the start of the third act. But I can still commend the creep factor during the characters' Latin American cruise, injecting a kind of post-war dread into what in another tale would be purely romantic. As Welles' character, irritatingly going in and out of a bogus Irish brogue, gets caught up in the film's intrigue, we are drawn in as well. Whether we believe the mystery's solution or not may be due to the big cuts the studio made Welles' vision, though the shark analogy works quite well regardless. The big question is whether we can we forgive Welles for making Rita Hayworth a blond with short hair ;-).
5 years 6 months ago
andype's avatar


Great movie, Rita Hayworth beatiful as well. nice story and wonderfull directed.
7 years 2 months ago
psdantonio's avatar


Seeing as producers at Columbia chopped up nearly an hour of Welles' final product, it's difficult to give the movie a fair appraisal, or more specifically, Orson Welles' true vision.
12 years 4 months ago
nicolaskrizan's avatar


flawed but fascinating

12 years 6 months ago
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