The Shanghai Gesture
The Shanghai Gesture (1942)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 15, 1942
DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
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Dennis Schwartz
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A delirious masterpiece of decadence and sexual depravity.

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Ken Hanke
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Compromised Sternberg, but visually and thematically compelling.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Sternberg was gifted at capturing the feel of an exotic city from a regular sound stage, and he doesn't slouch here.

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