The Lady from Shanghai
The legendary Orson Welles directs and stars alongside his then-wife Rita Hayworth in this stunning noir spectacle, featuring one of the most legendary final scenes in all of cinema. Lonesome Irish sailor (Michael O’Hara) gets a job working on the yacht belonging to a high-profile criminal lawyer, Arthur Bannister. However, more enticing than the yacht or the offer of employment is Bannister's gorgeous wife, the alluring femme fatale Elsa (Rita Hayworth). Getting closer to Elsa spells danger, with the unsuspecting O’Hara soon falling deeper into a web of lies, scams and murder ploys.
Why You Should See This Film
Recently restored in 4K, The Lady from Shanghai is one of Welles’ most stunning, yet underseen creations. Hayworth is at the height of her irresistible charms here, and the iconic final hall of mirrors scene has been referenced countless times in popular culture, in everything from John Wick to James Bond. Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, it’s an inventive and dazzling noir that surprises at every turn.
- Year: 1948
- Director: Orson Welles
- Cast: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth
- Duration: 87 minutes
- Language: English