The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai
The Lady from Shanghai
  • NR
  • 1h 28m
  • 1948
Certified Fresh86%
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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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: Energetic and inventive, The Lady from Shanghai overcomes its script deficiencies with some of Orson Welles' brilliantly conceived set pieces.
Peter Bradshaw

It has an irresistible energy.

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Glenn Heath Jr.

Time proves this to be insanely ambitious and batty in the best sense.

June 25, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston

A magnificent mess of switchbacks and revelations, climaxing with one of cinema's most outrageousl...

June 25, 2017
Boston Globe
Mark Feeney

The climax, a shootout in a funhouse hall of mirrors, is one of the bravura sequences in all film,...

June 25, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 9, 1948
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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