The Shanghai Gesture
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The Shanghai Gesture
Josef von Sternberg made his first return to exotic Shanghai since 1932's Shanghai Express in this baroque conflagration, based on a 1925 play by John Colton that required 30 revisions before it was sufficiently sanitized to pass muster with Hays Office censors. The film takes place in the gambling den of Mother Gin Sling (Ona Munson), who finds her casino threatened with closing by stuffed shirt English financier Sir Guy Charteris (Walter Huston). Gin Sling knows that the key to keeping her casino open is to dig up some dirt on Sir Guy, and it's quick in coming. She finds that Sir Guy… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delirious masterpiece of decadence and sexual depravity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Compromised Sternberg, but visually and thematically compelling."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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