- Wed, Feb 12
Director: George Cukor Run Time: 112 min.
Release Year: 1940
Starring: Cary Grant, Henry Daniell, James Stewart, John Halliday, John Howard, Katharine Hepburn, Mary Nash, Roland Young, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Weidler
A jilted ex-husband arrives at his former wife's wedding to spoil things.
- Wed, Mar 11
Director: Orson Welles Run Time: 87 min.
Release Year: 1948
Starring: Everett Sloane, Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth
The Lady From Shanghai, a complex, involving puzzle-within-a-puzzle mystery story, is a showcase for Orson Welles, showing his singular talents and sensibilities as few other films have. The story is superficially simple: a seaman Michael O'Hara (Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy Banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O'Hara earlier, when he saved her from a mugging. What ensues is a complicated and bizarre pattern of deception, fraud and murder, with O'Hara finding himself implicated in a murder, despite his innocence. The film is best remembered for its final sequence when the plot comes to a literally smashing climax in the famous hall of mirrors sequence, with Elsa and Banister shooting it out amidst shards of shattering glass. Orson Welles, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in the film, is sometimes self-indulgent in his use of visual tricks and techniques, which at times sacrifice plot for visu