Quick-Thoughts: Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Whether it be the occasional jarring sequence cut, awkwardly executed acting bit, or the trivial spiel of exposition, yeah, The Lady from Shanghai can be messy at times, yet the final product bizarrely ensues as an arresting experience that only Orson Welles could create. 

For one, this is a GORGEOUS-LOOKING movie. Regardless of the movie appearing hastily rushed together, this movie’s job is to bewilder your eyes, from the wide spectrum of exotic locations to the jaw-dropping abstractions displayed in the motion picture’s finale. Secondly, Orson Welles’s story and resolutions genuinely take poisonous bites at the viewers’ anticipation. The romantic crime narrative at hand may be a tad discombobulated, but its events manage to still invest and surprise. 

Verdict: B

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“The Lady from Shanghai” is now available to stream on Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and The Criterion Channel.

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