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Year
1932
Runtime
82 min.
Director
Josef von Sternberg
Genres
Drama, Romance, Adventure, Thriller
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
5,444
Checks
2,264
Favs
109
Dislikes
14
Favs/checks
4.8% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I was worried about Shanghai Express' structure. In Act 1 we meet the characters, most prominently a pair of disreputable women. In Act 2, the train is stopped, but the action plot kicks in... and then kicks out. What does that leave for the third act? Resolving the tragic love story that was at the heart of the film all along. Somehow, it works, mostly thanks to one of Marlene Dietrich's better performances (her lover is a little dull, however), and some beautiful cinematography (the shot of Dietrich trembling in the dark is justly famous). The film achieves some exoticism early on, even if its China has an unusually large cast of white characters. No surprise to me, while there's no doubt whose vehicle this is, it made me want to explore Anna May Wong's filmography - I'm aboard and I'm showing my ticket to the conductor. 1 year 7 months ago
  2. Necroyeti's avatar

    Necroyeti

    Grade A cinematography. 8 years 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #5 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
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  2. This movie ranks #28 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
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  3. This movie ranks #66 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #104 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  5. This movie ranks #120 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  6. This movie ranks #447 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  7. This movie ranks #724 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  8. This movie ranks #975 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  9. This movie ranks #1126 in The Criterion Collection
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