Written, produced, directed and starring one of cinema’s most enduring figures, Orson Welles’ spellbinding classic The Lady From Shanghai is back in cinemas from 25 July in a stunning new 4K restoration. Starring femme fatale Rita Hayworth – Welles’ then wife – in a strikingly different appearance to that in her previous role in Gilda, this new restoration of The Lady From Shanghai is ripe for rediscovery on the big screen, following its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival.
In the pantheon of great film noirs, The Lady From Shanghai stands out with its unique cinematographic style, complex plot and mix of characters, creating an enthralling masterpiece that will capture the imagination of its audience on its return to UK cinemas this summer.
Welles plays a lonesome Irish sailor, Michael O’Hara, who gets hired to work on a yacht belonging to a well-known criminal lawyer, Arthur Bannister. However, what draws O’Hara to work on the boat is not the offer of employment but Bannister’s wife, Elsa (Rita Hayworth).
On their way from New York to San Francisco, they pick up Bannister’s law partner Grisby, who gives O’Hara a difficult ultimatum. Faced with this dangerous ploy while falling in love with Elsa, O’Hara gets trapped in a web of lies, love and murder that unravels in Welles’ hall of mirrors climax, hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history.
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1. Orson Wells, The Lady from Shanghai.
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