What’s On Now?! ORSON WELLES’ Production Of “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” (1947)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Not Be Exactly What ORSON WELLES Had Envisioned…

(((His Original-Cut Was About 155-Minutes, The Studio Release-Cut Was About 87-Minutes)))

…But You Can Totally Still See Plenty Of His Vision.

I Will Say It’s Loaded With Intrigue…

…Murder…

…Plot Twists…

…Exceptional, Quirk’ish Acting…

…And Quirk’ish’ly Exceptional Directing.

The Film Stars…

RITA HAYWORTH as Elsa Bannister/Rosalie

(((HAYWORTH Was Actually Still Married To WELLES At The Time This Flick Was Made)))

ORSON WELLES as Michael O’Hara

(((WELLES Also Wrote The Screenplay, Produced AND Directed)))

&

EVERETT SLOANE as Arthur Bannister

(((SLOANE Was Also A Performer With WELLES' "Mercury Players")))

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Michael O’Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister’s yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister’s law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby’s weird plan to fake his (Grisby’s) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court. Written byΒ John Oswalt <jao@jao.com> (Via The IMDB ((http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040525/plotsummary)))

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THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…Is Now Over 65-Years-Old.

Yet, It Remains As Wildly Fun As It Ever Has.

As Others Have Said Of This Film…

…It Is TOTALLY Classic ORSON WELLES.

Kinda Hard Not To Be Since He Wrote, Starred-In, Produced, And Directed It.

CITIZEN KANE

…Is The Flick Most People Remember When Thinking About ORSON WELLES.

Of That, There Can Be No Debate.

But, Sometimes I’d Much Rather Kick-It-Back And Watch…

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

Period.

It’s A Lot More Fun, That’s A BIG Fo SHO.

When I Watch “CITIZEN KANE” I Say…

"Well, Now I've Seen It. I Can Totally Understand Why It's Such An Important Flick. I Might Watch It Again At Some Point."

When I See “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” I Say…

"Did I Just See What I Think I Just Saw?! I'm Gonna Have To Watch This One Again!"

See The Difference?

Trust Me, Watch Them Both.

Then You’ll Totally Get My Jive, My Peeps.

And It’s Worth It!

It’s So VERY Worth It!

No Foolies, Kids.

Sooo…

…If You Like Quality Murder-Mystery-Noir-Thrillers…

…And ORSON WELLES‘ Unique Filmmaker Qualities…

…I Say Give This One A Go.

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Very Well Be Right Up Your Proverbial Alley, My Peeps.

You Really Should Trust Me On This One.

Give It A Go, Fo SHO Fo SHO!

M’Kay?!?

MMM’KAY!!!

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“I Passionately Hate The Idea Of Being “WITH-IT”…”

“…I Think An Artist Has Always To Be Out-Of-Step With His Time.”

ORSON WELLES

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(Not A Totally) Random Movie Mention: ORSON WELLES’ “TOUCH OF EVIL” (1958)

Oh Hellz Yeah!

I Was In The Mood For Something Really Cool…

…I Just Couldn’t Decide On What That Would/Should Be.

So…

…I Went-A-Browsin’ In Me Ole Collection.

There Were So Many Titles To Choose From That I Was Simply At A Loss.

And Then, I Spied This One…

ORSON WELLES

TOUCH OF EVIL

(1958)

…Starring…

CHARLTON HESTON

&

JANET LEIGH

&

ORSON WELLES

…And Directed By…

…Yup…

ORSON WELLES

!!! !!!! !!!

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It Had Honestly Been A Couple Years Since I’d Kicked-It-Back To Watch This One.

So I Was Rather Excited To Hunker-Down With It, Last Night.

This Is One Of Those Cases Of…

THE BEST

-Vs-

MY FAVORITE

…My Peeps.

In Regard To Flicks Where…

ORSON WELLES

…Has Pulled The Ole Double-Duty…

…Being BOTH Director AND Actor…

CITIZEN KANE

…Is (likely)

THE BEST

…But But BUT…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Totally…

MY FAVORITE

Period.

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There’s Not Even An Argument Needed Here.

I Loved…

CITIZEN KANE

…Sure Sure Sure…

…As It’s A Very Important Flick In The Annals Of Cinematic History…

…But It’s Simply Not As Entertaining, To ME, As…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Hands-Down AND Fo SHO!

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It’s Even Hard For Me To Decide Which Lead Character I Prefer.

CHARLES FOSTER KANE

…Is A Veritable TITAN In Regard To Motion Picture History.

But But BUT (again)

…Is He A Better Character Than…

HANK QUINLAN

…Our Totally Corrupt Police Captain, And All Around Film History Nasty-Boy In…

TOUCH OF EVIL

???

I Dunno, Kids.

It’s Like The Old “Apples -Vs- Oranges” Argument.

You Love Them Both, But They’re Honestly, Truly So Vastly Different.

So It’s Very Hard To Draw A Line On This One.

I Will Say This…

HANK QUINLAN

…IS…

…One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Film Baddies Of ALL-TIME!

That’s Another Big Ole FO SHO!

I’m Very Serious, My Peeps.

For Those Of Y’all Who Have Seen…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Can You Not Honestly Say He Was So Disgustingly Believable That, By The End Of The Flick, You Were Ready To Shoot Him, Yourself?!?

EXACTLY, My Peeps, EXACTLY!!!

I Wanted Him Dead, Also!!!

ORSON WELLES

…Plays…

HANK QUINLAN

…To Sheer Evil-Baddie-PERFECTION.

Period Period.

The Only Imagination Stretching One Has To Do With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Attempting To Accept…

CHARLTON HESTON

…As A Mexican Narcotics Officer.

Not To Say He Misplayed The Part.

No.

He Did His Best To Make Us Look Beyond The Oddity Of It.

In Fact, He Brings The Emotional Portion Of The Flick.

So I Feel He Did A Commendable Job With His Part.

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ANYWAY, My Peeps…

…If You’re A Fan Of Those Classic Noir Dramas…

…You Really Really REALLY Need To Check-Out…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…As It’s One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Of The Genera.

I’ve Recommended It To Many People And Have Yet To Get A Word Of Flack Back On It.

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Most Movie Buffs Pride Themselves On Having Seen…

CITIZEN KANE

…And Rightly So.

It’s A Classic Among The Great Classics.

BUT…

…If You Really Want To Impress ME…

…I’d Much Rather Hear You Say You’ve Taken The Time To Kick-It-Back With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

Period Period Period.

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What’s On This Morning??? “A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS” (1966)

The ACADEMY AWARD WINNER For BEST PICTURE Of 1966, "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS"...

…Starring…

...PAUL SCOFIELD In His OSCAR WINNING Role As SIR THOMAS MORE...

…Also Starring…

...ROBERT SHAW In His OSCAR NOMINATED Role As KING HENRY VIII...

…And Also Starring…

...The Great ORSON WELLES As CARDINAL WOLSEY!!!

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

…Is…

…A Truly Forgotten Classic…

…And One Of The Best Period-Piece DramasΒ Of It’s Time.

If You’ve Studied Your History…

…Then You Likely Already Know The Story…

…Though One Is Never Really Sure If Any Film Ever Gets The Story Totally Correct.

Of That Point, I Shall Not Debate.

I Know What “History History” Says…

…And This Film Does Come Closer Than Most Others In Telling Said Story.

There Are A Lot Of Questions Left Open To Us…

…Fo SHO Fo SHO…

…But It’s Always Difficult Trying To Squeeze-In A Pant-Load Of Info…

…Into A 2-Hour Film…

…Fo SHO Fo SHO Fo SHO!

What Drives This Film, However, Is NOT The Story Being Told.

Honestly, It’s The WAY The Story Is Being Told.

The Actors…

…In…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

…Really Do Their Jobs…

…And Do Them EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.

The Sets AND Settings Are WONDERFUL.

It’s Very VERY Easy To Tell, My Peeps…

…That EVERYONE INVOLVED Really DID Bring Their “A-GAME”…

…And I Sincerely Think THAT Is What Sold The Film…

…To…

…The Critics…

…The Public…

…And…

…The Academy Award Voters.

PERIOD.

A Lot Of TIME And EFFORT Went Into Making This Film…

…And It’s A Film I’ve Enjoyed Watching Over The Years.

Do Yourself A Favor, My Peeps…

…Give This Flick…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

(1966)

… A Shot.

A Love Of History Is NOT Required To Enjoy What You’re Watching Here…

…Though It MAY Help.

It’s Simply A VERY Well Made Motion Picture.

Sometimes, That’s All One Is REALLY Looking For…

…Right?

RIGHT!!!

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