Shanghai Express

Josef von Sternberg, 80 mins, USA, 1932, 35mm, B&W, English. Courtesy: UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Shanghai Express
Shanghai Express

Marlene Dietrich is the indelible Shanghai Lily, a woman of uncertain repute riding on a train with her ex-lover before a cruel warlord, Warner Oland, intercedes.

Probably Sternberg's most fondly and widely remembered work, this Hollywood-bound opus presents a cruelly seductive fantasy of China to rival Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen.

Astutely combines Lee Garmes' bravura, smoke-filled cinematography with Jules Furthman's exquisitely etched script. Features one of Anna May Wong's most striking performances.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


Wed 30 May 2012, 7pm

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