The Shanghai Gesture (25-Dec-1941)|
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Writer: Josef von Sternberg
From a play by: John Colton
Music Composed and Conducted by: Richard Hageman
Producer: Arnold Pressburger
Keywords: Drama, Film Noir
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Review by Chicago Noir Fan (posted on 30-Dec-2007)
Brecht meets Sam Fuller.
Pioneering noir esque film- . Too bad the DVD from Image does such a lousy job in transferring what was surely a great looking film.
'Shanghai Gesture's moralistic tale is set in Shanghai but universal in its 'final judgement' sequences. Rare to find a 40's film that seems to talk to adults. Not perfect, but a unique piece of art for its time.
Review by anonymous (posted on 18-Jul-2006)
Having just seen this odd
noir I highly recommend it. The opening scene of Mother Gin Sling's
nightclub is wild & decadent. All performances are over the top but
Ona Munson as Mother Gin Sling's puts out any memory of her as Belle
Watling in GWTW. Fascinating, who knew Gene Tierney could really let
her hair down w/acting chops rarely seen in any of her roles. She plays
a spoiled rich kid working the other side of the tracks and with a name
like Poppy the setting couldn't get any better. Though Victor Mature
gives her a run for the money and no one has looked better wearing a
Fez (except maybe Elmer Fudd). This is a wild ride and an often
overlooked noir who rates up there with the best of them.
Review by PBP (posted on 3-Jul-2007)
I saw this film when it first played in the local theater. In fact I
waited for years for it to come up on tv reruns and I still have a tape
copy of the film. B&W but it's a great film. I often use the ending
line -- "You like chinese new year." It also was in my opinion one of Vic
Mature best parts.
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