Shanghai Express

  • Dir: Josef von Sternberg

  • USA, 1932, 82 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland

Welcome on board the visual and sensual terrain of Shanghai Express, into Sternberg’s vehicle of fantasy, romance and danger heading in one direction – the stupefying beauty of Dietrich. Wallowing in her fabulous black plumage, the notorious Shanghai Lily is languorous but fearless in offering herself to the revolutionary to relieve her beloved British officer from bondage. In an oriental grace accentuated by Anna May Wong, the riot of light and space captured in the most delectable chiaroscuro cinematography becomes a moving parade of delirious exoticism that almost seems real.

Academy Awards: Best Cinematography


In-theatre Screening

  • Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2019-11-24 (Sun)
    Buy Ticket2019-12-22 (Sun)


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