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The Shanghai Gesture

The Shanghai Gesture
Movie: The Shanghai Gesture(May 1942 (UK))[tt0034175] A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy Charteris, wealthy entrepreneur, has purchased a large area of Shanghai, forcing Gin Sling to vacate by the coming Chinese New Year. Under orders from Gin Sling, who has found out Poppy is Charteris' daughter, the smarmy Doctor Omar leads Poppy deeper and deeper into an addiction to gambling and alcohol. Gin Sling, realizing that Charteris was her long-ago husband who she thinks abandoned her, plans her revenge by inviting Charteris to a Chinese New Year dinner party to expose his past indiscretions. Charteris, however, has a suprise of his own to spring on Gin Sling. Written byDoug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>
Title The Shanghai Gesture
Release Date May 1942 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
Production Companies Arnold Pressburger Films
Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney...
Poppy...
Walter Huston
Walter Huston...
Sir Guy Charteris...
Victor Mature
Victor Mature...
Doctor Omar...
Ona Munson
Ona Munson...
'Mother' Gin Sling...
Phyllis Brooks
Phyllis Brooks...
The Chorus Girl...
Albert Bassermann
Albert Bassermann...
The Commissioner...
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya...
The Amah...
Eric Blore
Eric Blore...
The Bookkeeper...
Ivan Lebedeff
Ivan Lebedeff...
The Gambler...
Mike Mazurki
Mike Mazurki...
The Coolie...
Grayce Hampton
Grayce Hampton...
The Social Leader...
Mikhail Rasumny
Mikhail Rasumny...
The Appraiser (a...

Reviews

tpatti on 23 December 2004
One of the most beautiful films ever made. Von Sternberg had a strange and painterly way of composing a frame when he shot his films. In earlier films the scenes abounded in detail, and often had layers that would stretch back into the distance, or simply add complexity and a sense of the tumult of the living all around. In this film he seemed to change his focus to the glamorous portrait, and brought to life some of the most stunning shots of actors I have ever seen.If you wish to see the breathtaking beauty of Gene Tierney at its height that this is the film to see it. She's so willful and spoiled, suggesting the nymphomaniac that nobody could suggest any other way thanks to the censorship. Everyone in the film seems to licking their lips in anticipation of some decadent delight that will be happening off screen. And time and time again Sternberg throws up another static, stagy, yet impossibly beautiful portrait of one of his stars.The scent of opium and sex practically oozes from every frame.

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