Great Moments In Film – The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Ah, the return of Rita Hayworth and the very first appearance of Orson Welles. It won’t be his last. The Lady of Shanghai is a typical film noir movie, but the backstory makes it really interesting. Welles didn’t even want to make this film, but the studio pretty much said, “do it or else,” so he did. And he cast his wife Rita as the femme fatale. So what does he do? He cuts off and dyes her famous hair, just to spite the studio. Along with that, the marriage was on the rocks so there’s some clear tension between the two. It truly is fascinating.
This clip is the famous climax in the “Crazy House” in the room full of mirrors. I absolutely love this scene. Once things get set in motion, the action occurs at a brisk pace. Once you watch it, you’ll see what I mean.
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