Orson Welles & Rita Hayworth in The Lady from Shanghai (1947) in Private Theater

  • September 19, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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"The weirdest great movie ever made"--Chicago Reader

"Complex, courageous, and utterly compelling"--Time Out

Film noir directed and co-written by Orson Welles and starring him and his wife (briefly) Rita Hayworth. One of the greatest visual scenes is at the climax of the film. You will never forget it!

Plot: Against his better judgment, Irish seaman Michael O'Hara (Welles) agrees to work on the yacht of well-known criminal lawyer Arthur Bannister (Everett Coleman). What interests O'Hara however is Elsa Bannister, Arthur's wife (Rita Hayworth). O'Hara had rescued her from a group of ruffians in Central Park the night before and instantly became infatuated with her. They're to sail from New York to San Francisco via the Panama Canal and Bannister's law partner, George Grisby, joins them en route. Michael and Elsa are soon in love. Grimsby want to fake his own death and offers Michael $5000 to help him get away with it. Michael agrees, thinking the money will allow he and Elsa to run off together. When Grimsby is found dead however, Michael" things get very problemactic (from Imdb).

*****NO no-shows, please! If you RSVP yes but cannot come, please change your RSVP before the meetup!

Meeting Place; both the building and theater are wheelchair accessible: We are going to meet in new private theater downtown to which Jane has access (seats up to about 15, projector, stadium style seating).

THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO GET TO THE INTERSECTION OF 6th AVE NO. AND CHURCH ST--SEE MORE BELOW

Parking is available across the street in the Main Public Library parking lot on 6th Ave No., a half block down from intersection of 6Th & Church.



Parking also might be available on 5th or 6th but the library is a sure thing!

*****Anyone taking MTA, to come downtown, take #7; it stops at Church & 9th Ave. No. (after Lifeway announcement) or main station about 3 short blocks away; and going home, the #7 stops about 2 blocks up on 6th Ave. No. The #3 also stops at the main station if you are coming downtown; and right across the street on 6th Ave. going back towards West End. *****

Jane will be in the lobby to greet you or you can buzz the concierge. Wait in lounge behind concierge desk until shortly before the film.

Derek's Additional Directions:

If this will be your first visit, the most important thing is plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space (I recommend the library too) and find the building.

Also, print these directions or be able to access them from your phone.

The Private Theater is in The Cumberland at 555 Church Street at the corner of 6th and Church. On the other corner of 6th and Church on the same side of the street is the Nashville Public Library.  On the other side of The Cumberland is a UPS Store, then Grill It, then McKendree United Methodist Church at 523 Church.  Subway is directly across the street from The Cumberland facing it.

You go through 2 sets of double doors when entering The Cumberland.   The 2nd set of double doors is straight ahead.  You can Press 6# for the Concierge Desk for either set of doors that are usually locked.

After going through the 2nd set of double doors, walk straight ahead until you can't walk further. You will pass the Club room/lounge on your right where everyone may be if you arrive early enough.

If you don't see them, then turn to your left where the hall dead ends at the[masked] sign.  Then, at the Storage Room door sign - go to your right.  You will pass the exercise room.

You'll see the Media Center door straight ahead.  That's it.  Go through that door and then you'll go through another door that says Media Center.  There are also restrooms there.

Again, print these directions or be able to access them if you are going for the first time.

Thanks and have a great time!

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  • jane d.

    I enjoyed it very much. And thanks for the wine and grapes!

    1 · September 22

  • Derek

    Thanks for showing this film Jane! I really liked it!

    September 21

  • WANDA B P.

    Also, loved Acapulco when I was there, and in the movie!

    September 20

  • WANDA B P.

    Actually, this movie held my interest.

    September 20

  • karen

    This was an odd, but captivating movie. Thanks Jane

    September 20

  • Lynda D.

    I can't attend now, but thank you Jane.

    September 5

  • Daniel

    my flight back to Nashville got cancelled so I won't make it :-(

    August 22

  • Julie

    I have two immediate family members with birthdays on September 19, so thought I should bow out now because I'll likely have a conflict. Enjoy the film!

    August 20

    • Lynda D.

      My birthday is on Sept 23. Julie, sorry you will miss the show.

      August 20

  • Michele M

    Now scheduled to work that night.

    August 1

  • jane d.

    Film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring him and his wife (briefly) Rita Hayworth. One of the greatest visual scenes is at the climax of the film. You will never forget it!

    Plot: Against his better judgment, Irish seaman Michael O'Hara (Welles) agrees to work on the yacht of well-known criminal lawyer Arthur Bannister (Everett Coleman). What interests O'Hara however is Elsa Bannister, Arthur''s wife (Rita Hayworth). O'Hara had rescued her from a group of ruffians in Central Park the night before and instantly became infatuated with her. They're to sail from New York to San Francisco via the Panama Canal and Bannister's law partner, George Grisby, joins them en route. Michael and Elsa are soon in love. Grimsby want to fake his own death and offers Michael $5000 to help him get away with it. Michael agrees, thinking the money will allow he and Elsa to run off together. When Grimsby is found dead however, Michael" things get very problemactic (from Imdb).

    July 12

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