Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)

I've been meaning to watch The Lady from Shanghai for YEARS, yet inexplicably it kept falling between the cracks. But I finally watched it and wrote about it for Spectrum Culture. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it, and in fact I found it to be perhaps the most immediately entertaining of Welles' features, despite being one of the murkiest and oddest alongside Mr. Arkadin and F for Fake.  Most of the films I could compare it to came well after it, with only Renoir's 1932 La nuit du carrefour doing something similar before it. Gorgeously shot yet openly farcical, this is one of the best noir deconstructions.

Check out my full thoughts over at Spectrum Culture.

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