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New Digitally Restored Orson Welles LADY FROM SHANGHAI with Rita Hayworth

One of the most talked about screenings at the recent TCM Film Festival (outside of "Wizard of Oz" in 3D) was a screening of the 4G digitally restored LADY FROM SHANGHAI. However, even many of those who attended the festival were unable to see it because of other movies that were being screened at the same time period. This screening of this Orson Welles' 1948 classic will give our members a chance to see how the masterpiece looks in this crisp,  visually cleaned up version.

Columbia Pictures studio head Harry Cohn thought he’d made a killing when he signed a desperate Orson Welles (he needed $55,000 fast to open his play in Boston) to write, direct and star in this film noir. When Welles cast the studio’s top star, Rita Hayworth, who also was his wife (though estranged) at the time, the publicity prospects made the project look even better. But Cohn didn’t realize what it meant to work with a man possessed with a highly original vision. First the director made the famous redhead cut her hair and dye it blonde. Then he handed in a cut that ran 155 minutes and made little sense to an old-fashioned movie mogul like Cohn. The studio cut almost an hour, added a (dubbed) song for Hayworth and disregarded the director’s notes on scoring. Welles’ vision was so strong that this story of a seaman (Welles) caught between dazzling temptress Hayworth and her venal husband (Everett Sloane) remains a byzantine delight, a triumph of style over diversity and an inspiration to other directors for years to come.

The convoluted storyline roams from Manhattan to Acapulco to San Francisco, and the memorable set pieces include a rendezvous at an aquarium and the often-imitated finale in a funhouse hall of mirrors. 

Film critic Richard T. Jameson called it “the pivotal work of Welles’s career, one of the greatest glories of the American cinema, and undoubtedly the trashiest masterpiece in motion picture history.”

LADY FROM SHANGHAI will be double billed with the rarely screened Welles feature MR. ARKADIN (see separate film listing).  [Note: One admission ticket will admit you to BOTH screenings!]

Admission:  Only $5!!! Museum members $3

Pre-purchase your ticket online at the below LACMA weblink:

http://www.lacma.org/event/lady-shanghai-1

Parking: FREE if you enter LACMA's underground self-parking garage AFTER 7p.m.


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  • ellen

    addendum...really enjoyed conversation with new member Aaron, Bill, and Mike. Hope to see you all again. Thanks Jono for putting this together. Look forward to talking with you next time. We met at the Laemmle Royal some time back.

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • ellen

    Is anyone interested in meeting for early dinner on Tuesday...in the cafeteria...and seeing Third Man Theme? This is one of the all time greats.

    Contact me either here or at

    [masked]

    May 25, 2014

  • Dale Anne A.

    Loved both movies - I'm really glad I stayed for Mr. Arkadan. It was the first time I'd seen this movie and it was a real treat - now I need to see it again (and again)! to make it a part of me. I was looking forward to seeing folks at the restaurant/bar, however, when I got there, I was told it was already closing. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing all of you next weekend.

    May 25, 2014

  • janet

    reflecting, really loved the crutches/canes- interesting motifs, the courtroom humor, the closeup shots of each actor, strange editing, must have been limited budget, the line from the attorney, " if i kill you i kill myself," the torment of their relationship. those lips on orson welles, soft spoken, subtle, intense dramatic lighting specific to each shot, loved it. great acting, strange script, beautiful to look at, wondered too much for me, until great mirror scenes with multiple crutches and gun. could go on. great film suggestions.

    May 25, 2014

  • Jono

    I have to admit that LADY FROM SHANGHAI never looked more sharp and crisp and I agree with other comments about the mirror scene being much more dramatic because of it. I also appreciated the close up glamor shots of Rita Hayworth--I don't know if I have ever seen her face look better on screen before. In addition, the Mexican cinematography made me want to be there--enchanting. No wonder the people at the TCM fest who recently saw this 4k digital restoration raved so much.

    May 24, 2014

  • Ds

    Fabulous to see this restored version on large screen. I especially liked the mirror scene more because of the clarity.

    May 24, 2014

  • ellen

    Excellent...

    May 24, 2014

  • Bill

    Got to see some old friends and make some new.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Mickie G.

    Read carefully, free meters before at least 6 PM ??????

    May 24, 2014

    • Bill

      In Los Angeles most ALL parking restrictions are fully off on all national holidays and some Fridays or Mondays adjacent to weekend national holidays no matter what the signs say. That was news to me. http://www.ladot.laci...­

      May 24, 2014

  • Sheilah

    landlord issue have to deal with at 6p putting a kibosh on my plans and zen...

    May 24, 2014

  • Mickie G.

    Coming with a friend around 7:15 or so
    Thx..

    May 24, 2014

  • Mickie G.

    thanks, Jono

    May 24, 2014

  • Bill

    Some parking tips: After 4 PM you don't have to pay the meters on Wilshire Blvd. for the rest of the night. Wilshire parking is a good option if you arrive between 4 and 7 PM. If the LEDs facing the street are not blinking then the meter if done for the day. The old LACMA parking lot at Wilshire and Spaulding Ave. right across Wilshire Blvd. from the Bing theater is also free after 7 PM and where I always park for movies.

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • Jono

      I never previously heard about parking meters along Wilshire Blvd. near the museum being FREE after 4pm, but that's a nice surprise since the City of LA has extended parking meter hours in most other parts of the city till at least 8pm--even on weeknights & weekends

      May 24, 2014

  • Mickie G.

    I did not do a reservation, I sent a not to one of the member. I am really enjoying reading all the emails! I might stop by to introduce myself. It's better before the movie or after the movie? Thank you. Mickie

    May 23, 2014

    • Jono

      Mickie I should be in the lobby during the intermission AFTER Lady From Shanghai

      May 24, 2014

  • Aaron

    Sounds great ellen.

    May 23, 2014

  • ellen

    I am planning on being in the cafeteria about 5:30. Maybe at one of the tables outside overlooking the Calders, depending on the weather. My hair has turned pure white so I am easy to spot. Aaron et al...please do join me for early dinner if you can.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • ellen

    Jono...as probably the eldest in the group, I am going to LACMA early and viewing exhibits, eating, then will be at the head of the line. When they open the doors, I will go find a seat that appeals to me, and will try to catch your eye somewhat later when you arrive. Please know that I will be there even if you don't see me...but my pure white hair is as easy to spot as your pork pie hat. Thanks for putting this together. Should be wonderful.

    May 23, 2014

    • Jono

      You look great in your profile photo Ellen and sound so sweet, I hope you have some other members who do join you

      May 23, 2014

  • Jono

    I won't be arriving to the Bing Theater until between 7:05-7:10pm because PARKING is NOT FREE in LACMA's below ground museum parking structure UNTIL AFTER 7PM and beforehand will cost $10 (I would rather put that money toward a post-movie $12 glass of wine at the museum's outdoor STARK BAR), but I e-mailed everyone who RSVP'd as of Friday afternoon with more info including what part of the theater I will try to sit in. Thanks for your marvelous interest and participation in our Meetup group. Love you all!!! (or at least 616 of you--and we currently have 619 members)

    May 23, 2014

    • Jono

      and that 616 comment was meant as a joke with my offbeat humor

      May 23, 2014

  • Ann

    Thanks for the update.

    May 23, 2014

  • ellen

    I am probably going to get something to eat in the cafeteria before the film. Anyone want to join me?

    Yes, Jono, noble leader, where shall we meet? In line?

    May 23, 2014

    • Aaron

      What time were you thinking?

      May 23, 2014

  • Lawrence S.

    good question! my friend Lydia and I are also attending - would be fun to meet everyone.

    May 23, 2014

  • Ann

    Hello, I'm new to this group. Where do you guys meet for this movie and at what time? Does the group try and sit together. Do we meet after the movie?

    1 · May 22, 2014

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