in about 100 words or less
US 87m, B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia
The Lady from Shanghai is a visually brilliant film noir shot largely on location, but re-edited and cut by about an hour from its original length after studio chief Harry Cohn was unsatisfied with the director’s cut. Though the original footage is lost, what remains is the intriguing and often surreal story of a sailor who becomes implicated in a murder that he did not commit, yet confesses to. Best remembered for its expressionist-styled set design and cinematography, The Lady from Shanghai is also filled with unusual characters and memorable performances, including Rita Hayworth as a blonde femme fatale (Klaus Ming April 2014).