The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai ★★★★

"When I start out to make a fool of myself, there's very little can stop me. If I'd known where it would end, I'd never let anything start... if I'd been in my right mind, that is. But once I'd seen her, once I'd seen her, I was not in my right mind for quite some time." ~ Michael O'Hara

Convoluted and confusing this may be, but you can't deny the Orson Welles genius for making a film utterly mesmerizing and unforgettable. With each viewing I'm coming to love this film more and more. The whole cast is great, the cinematography is different but really works for this film. Plus I love that the script has a hint of humour that pokes fun at itself and the genre. Orson also gives another fine performance even if his accent wasn't the best. But I can't not mention Hayworth's performance which was just perfection, you really can't see anyone else being able to play her role and it's hard to escape the fact that she was just made for film Noir! Her strength, vulnerability and aura of mystery suits this genre perfectly. A must see Noir!

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