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Every Orson Welles film demonstrates the great director's ability to work with and against filmic tradition. "The Lady from Shanghai" is a compendium of noir conventions: it tells a tale of post-war greed, of Americans willing to tear each other asunder for a dollar; it is the story of an irresistible dame and the smart guy who becomes a chump the second he lays eyes on her; it uses A-stars against type so as to bring out their blemishes and inner demons (even daring to cut and dye Hayworth's famous hair!). It is thus a classic noir tale, but it is executed with such self-consciousness that the viewer is left to wonder if it isn't the beginning of the end for noir--an elaborate staging of the demolition, the shattering, of the film noir universe. This podcast is brought to you by Clute and Edwards of www.noircast.net. To leave a comment on this episode, or make a donation to the podcast, please visit "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir" at outofthepast.libsyn.com.
Direct download: OOTP_2006_01_15_TLFS.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:01 AM
Comments[2]

  • As much as I love this film, I can\'t deny that Welles\' efforts at an Irish accent are so hammy that they make me cringe...

    posted by: Tribe on 2006-02-06 20:04:00

  • Be sure to check out the documentary about William Castle (or his book) for more backstory about his role in this film.

    posted by: Mike White on 2008-05-21 13:31:00

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