Rent Shanghai Express (1932)

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1h 18min
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Synopsis:
It's full steam ahead with Marlene Dietrich as the mesmerising Shanghai Lilly in this exotic high drama directed by Josef Von Sternberg. After being jilted by Captain Donal Harvey (Clive Brook), Lily gains a reputation as notorious adventuress. Things heat up when the former lovers are reunited on a train en route to Shanghai. They share accommodation with a motley group of international passengers, including a dubious merchant who unsuccessfully propositions Lily. When the train is overtaken by Chinese rebels, Captain Harvey is held hostage and the merchant turns out to be the rebels' leader. So Lily strikes a tantalising bargain in order to save the man she never stopped loving.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Adolph Zukor
Writers:
Jules Furthman, Harry Hervey
Others:
Lee Garmes
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
Awards:

1933 Oscar Best Cinematography

BBFC:
Release Date:
09/10/2006
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English, German
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, German
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/08/2019
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Shanghai Express' audio commentary with film critic David Thompson
  • Introductions to film by Nicholas von Sternberg, son of Josefvon Sternberg
  • Josef von Sternberg, a Retrospective (1969): feature-length documentary by Harry Kumel
  • The Twilight of an Angel (2012): documentary on Marlene Dietrich's final years
  • The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935): Paramount promotional film
  • Lux Radio Theatre: 'The Legionnaire and the Lady' (1936): radio play adaptation of Morocco
  • Josef von Sternberg: An Introduction (2009): lecture by von Sternberg biographer John Baxter at BFI Southbank
  • The Art of Josef von Sternberg (2019): Nicholas von Sternberg discusses his father's artworks Video essay by film historian Tag Gallagher (2019)
  • Writer and filmmaker Jasper Sharp on the life and career of 'Shanghai Express' star Anna May Wong (2019)
  • So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, on the queer iconography and legacy of Dietrich and von Sternberg's films (2019)
  • Nathalie Morris, film historian, on the costume designs of Travis Banton (2019)
  • Image galleries
  • UK premieres on Blu-ray

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