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The Shanghai Gesture(1942)

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  • The Shanghai Gesture

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 9/23/12

    A slow, cheesy melodrama that's the last memorable film from von Sternberg. Tierney overacts in lovely gowns, Mature is wooden & Munson looks extravagant with her hairstyles. Only good thing about the film is the usual amazing sets that overshadow the story in von Sternberg's films, and this story is poor. A passable film that's doesn't stand up to the director's earlier hits. I give it a 2/5.

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    • Kuklapolitan
    • 2/29/12

    What a stellar cast and what a great director...and all gone to waste on this uneven drama of evil and revenge set in Shanghai. The only actress that truly bears mentioning is Ona Munson as "Mother" Gin Sling!!! She was flawless in her performance as was her make-up, figureand wardrobe in this production. Although Josef von Sternberg directed this disaster, Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Walter Huston, Eric Blore, Albert Bassermann and Maria Ouspenskaya are completely miscast in their roles. The story and plot never gel due to the misdirected and uneven performances of the principal players. Ouspenskaya, as the Amah, never utters a word in this film. Although she is at her loveliest, Tierney doesn't quite get across as the spoiled, rich young woman and odd leading lady of the film. Walter Huston does a fairly good job of portraying her wealthy father but, once again, the drama is so uneven that it never quite comes off. Victor Mature, also very handsome, plays the "Fezzed" Doctor Omar. The great character actor Albert Bassermann looks wonderful and never fumbles but nothing can save this piece ofwork...but it is Ona Munson who steals the show from all of them and is well directed by the mysteriously confounded von Sternberg.

  • Finally!

    • Alice Tully-Hall
    • 2/29/12

    This film while not the best in the world, toned down so much that it loses its zing, I do find the mention of extras in the opening credits to be one of the kindest, meaningful, ever timely, and yet unexpected. How nice of von Sternberg to include it. Wish more directors found it important to acknowledge their hard work.

  • Shanghu Gesture

    • Deborah J Smith
    • 2/29/12

    The first time I saw this movie it was about 3 to 4 yrs ago and I fell in love with it.It was one late night on TV and the actor Gene Tierney, John Huston and Victor Mature are some of myfavorite actors. This movie is dark, strange, usual bunch of characters, that draws you into their story.All of these characters has a pass that they don't want anyone to know about.The only one I have compassion for is Poppy Smith"A.K.A" Victoria she is a last soul, a unhappy person.And Poppy died in a awful way.

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