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.