57th BFI London Film Festival | Pick of the Day: Wednesday 16th October – The Lady from Shanghai


Orson Welles cast his then-wife, Rita Hayworth, as the beautiful femme fatale in his classic 1947 film noir, and cast himself as the naive Irish sailor who becomes ensnared by her. The plot is virtually incomprehensible, but the visuals are stunning, particularly the climactic shoot-out in a hall of mirrors. Expect the film to look even more dazzling in the festival’s world premiere of the digital 4K restoration by Grover Crisp and his conservation team at Sony Columbia, following on from their work on Lawrence of Arabia. 

The Lady from Shanghai
 shows today at 12.45pm at the Vue and on Saturday 19th October at 6.30pm at BFI Southbank as part of this year’s Treasures selection of revivals, rediscoveries and restorations from the world’s archives.

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