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Shanghai Express - 4K (PG)

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, Austrian born director Josef von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Marlene Dietrich bringing her to Hollywood following the success of their landmark German-made film The Blue Angel (1930. 

Arriving in Hollywood at the dawn of the talkies, Dietrich and Von Sternberg had a seismic impact with a series of striking feature films marked by sensuous cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork. These visually intoxicating films redefined the visual style of filmmaking of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon.

Shanghai Express marks the commercial peak of an iconic collaboration with Dietrich at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a three-day train ride through war-torn China. A 4K restoration.

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  • Director Josef von Sternberg
  • Cast Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 1932
  • Running Time 1h22m
  • Certificate PG
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