Monday, October 8, 2012

209. The Lady From Shanghai

The Lady From Shanghai
Directed by Orson Welles

So apparently Orson Welles just pulled this movie out of his ass because he was in desperate need of money so he just picked a random novel to adapt to the big screen.  As such, I would kind of feel like a dope if I praised this film.  Like people who praise Ernest Hemingway's six word story that he did for a bet.

Unfortunately for me, this movie was pretty good even with Welles' absolutely ridiculous accent.  I mean, wtf was that?

But I digress.  The story centers around Orson, a sailor who, of course, gets in over his head.  If you have seen a single film noir movie, you will know the entire plot within the first twenty minutes.  It also stars Rita Hayworth, who Welles made cut off and bleach her hair which caused huge controversy.  Is it sad that people (including me) care so much about that?  Yes, it probably is.

Anyway, this movie is probably most famous for its Hall of Mirrors scene which was pretty awesome.  Still, I am use to Orson Welles being a competent actor as well as a director and this was mega disappointing on that front.  Meh.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Orson Welles and his friends broke into the paint department and repainted the sets.  When the union painters saw this, they went on strike and were only placated when Welles was forced to compensate them.

Rita Hayworth's hair was said to be the reason the movie did poorly at the box office.


  1. I don't know what I thought of this movie. No one was very appealing, and the camera angles, cuts, and close ups were off-putting. The trivia is more interesting than the film.

  2. Pig-face Welles as lover-boy? Nah.