The Lady from Shanghai

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USA | 1947 | 87 Minutes | Orson Welles

March 21 - 23, 2014

New 4K restoration! Orson Welles directs and stars in this tour-de-force thriller about a sailor who is falsely accused of murder after getting involved with a corrupt tycoon (Evertt Slone) and his mysterious and sultry wife (Rita Hayworth).

"A glittering film noir! Everett Sloane is an entertainingly outré villain — a two-legged tarantula on crutches — and there are several bold, flashy set pieces in San Francisco, including a chase through a Chinatown theater, a love scene at the aquarium in Golden Gate Park, and a fun-house shoot-out. In the title role, Rita Hayworth, her hair colored platinum, has both bathing-beauty allure and an exciting sadistic streak — there's a stiletto hidden in the cheesecake.” – Michael Sragow, The New Yorker

"The weirdest great movie ever made...moves between Candide-like farce and a deeply disturbing apprehension of a world in grotesque, irreversible decay—it's the only true film noir comedy." – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Forget Kane. The Lady From Shanghai presents Welles at his most finely tuned baroque." – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"The cherry on top of this huge melting sundae is the dialogue at large, which is almost entirely composed of quotable only-in-the-movies luxury super-star bon mots." – Chuck Bowen, Slant

  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Principal Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1947
  • Running Time: 87 Minutes
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Repertory