Rent The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

3.8 of 5 from 106 ratings
1h 24min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Orson Welles
Writers:
Sherwood King, Orson Welles, William Castle, Charles Lederer, Fletcher Markle
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/08/2003
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Peter Bogdanovich audio commentary
  • Featurette
  • Filmographies
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/04/2017
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with filmmaker and Welles expert Peter Bogdanovich
  • Simon Callow on 'The Lady from Shanghai' (2017, 22 mins): anew filmed appreciation by the acclaimed actor and Welles scholar
  • An Interview with Rita Hayworth (1970, 4 mins): an archival interview filmed for the French TV programme Pour le cinema
  • Image Gallery
  • A Discussion with Peter Bogdanovich (2000, 21 mins): the renowned filmmaker and author talks about Welles and The Lady from Shanghai
  • Joe Dante trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): a short critical appreciation Image gallery: extensive on-set and promotional photography
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Lady from Shanghai

Killing you is like killing myself... - The Lady from Shanghai review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
Updated 04/03/2021

Another film by Welles that ran into production problems because the studio didn't know what the hell he was up to. And yet again it's hard to understand what was their problem. Welles transformed unremarkable pulp fiction with his wit and sensational visual imagination. And he also added a massively enjoyable contribution as the loquacious fall guy, calamitously beguiled by Rita Hayworth's luminous femme fatale. The only real lull is the period when the film runs through the incidents of its source novel.

Hayworth who had her trademark red hair cut and bleached for this film (to the studio's dismay), is breathtaking in close up, particularly in singing Please Don't Kiss Me, and is subdued and enigmatic to great effect.

The dizzy, disorientating expressionist finale in an amusement park including the shoot out in the Hall of Mirrors is cinema legend, peaking with its brilliant, sardonic final line: 'Killing you is like killing myself. It's the same thing. But, you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us'. 

The script is darkly poetic, full of contrary philosophy: 'I never make my mind up about anything until it's over and done with'; and often hilarious. The curiously distorted support performances are fascinating. Its location shooting (rare at the time) in Acapulco, New York and San Francisco is piquant. And the divorcing Welles and Hayworth share great chemistry together.

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A spider's web for all - The Lady from Shanghai review by MM

Spoiler Alert
11/01/2020

Brilliant performances from all the lead actors. Rita Hayworth is a true natural as the femme fatale. A clever and captivating film from a bygone era.

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